Hole in egg shell - picture attached

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aschassberger, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. aschassberger

    aschassberger In the Brooder

    Jan 4, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Hi there, I collected eggs this morning and found one with a hole in it. Does it look like it was pecked, or maybe just happened to occur naturally? Any ideas? I think it came from my speckled sussex who just started laying on Christmas. They are on layer food, so it shouldn't be calcium problem. hmmm...

  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I had a chicken that couldn't absorb calcium...

    I supply layer and extra calcium (oyster shell)

    It could be a claw mark/ puncture or a weak spot in the egg.
  3. The hole looks a little rough on the edges. i would suspect a chicken beak made that.
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    Beak or claw. I must say you have a beautiful thumbnail!
  5. Mostly likely a claw. Eggshells are still somewhat soft when they are laid. Its highly possible that the hen could have stepped on it before it was fully dry, thus allowing the claw to make the hole without the entire egg shattering.
  6. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Beak or claw, but sometimes that happens by accident, specially if there are several eggs in the box or the hen does a lot of moving around to get things just right. It doesn't automatically mean that you have an egg eater, but if the shell seems weak it's a good indication that someone needs extra calcium and you should put some oystershell out if you don't already.
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    When the hen lays the egg, she stands up, so it falls a bit. That could be a beak or claw, but it could also be that it hit a nail head or something hard to cause that. I'd check the nest for something hard, especially a nail head sticking up a bit.

    Is the egg shell really thin? It doesn't look like it to me but you are there holding it.
  8. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Quote:Yup--happens once in a while. It is one of those things like soft, misshaped and odd ball eggs that one never sees commercially because they are culled out but surprises BYC people.
  9. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    Quote:Agreed [​IMG]
  10. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Forget the egg... what on EARTH do you do to get such pretty hands???!! THIS is the important topic.

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