Her Fuzzy Butt is Dangerous

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sticksoup, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. sticksoup

    sticksoup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    My BO has been squishing her eggs after she lays them~ I have no idea why. I don't think she is doing it on purpose- After she lays she sits on the egg for a long time- she has always been like that- but lately half the time now she ends up breaking the egg. It's annoying because her breast is all covered with dried up egg. Yesterday I gently tried to wash her and she screamed like I was murdering her- so I said fine- be dirty. I don't know if anyone has any advise on this- but I'd gladly take some.
  2. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
    Are the shells of the eggs softer than usual? seems odd that she keeps breaking them. Is the next box large enough she isn't cramped is she? As far as washing her, her loudness is just her drama, she will live through it -- if you want to clean her.
  3. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    You could try a roll away nest box.
  4. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    Just a thought....are her egg shells extremely thin? I found an egg just yesterday right inside the chicken coop door. It must have been stepped on by every chicken as it was covered in dirt, but it was whole without a crack.
  5. SummerChick

    SummerChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2010
    Somerset, Texas
    I have 3 buff orpington hens...never had that problem. Do you keep crushed oyster shell out for your hens? Some hens do not like to be picked up or messed with but i've taken mine a bath...actually a dip (for fleas) and some yelled like i was taking them to the scalding pot (which i would never do) but after the dip they all looked happy and cool...and when dry they were just gorgeous!

  6. sticksoup

    sticksoup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Her shells are normal~ She won't nest in the boxes- I don't know why. She makes herself her own nest on the other end of the coop. I tried putting boxes, buckets, baskets over there to encourage her but she just pushes them aside. Her favorite spot is on top of the hale bale we keep outside the coop- but after the first broken egg there she isn't allowed to 'contaminate' the clean hay.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2010

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