Hole picked into my egg! Why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Fombellchicks, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. Fombellchicks

    Fombellchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2008
    Western PA
    I found this egg today with a hole punched/picked into it.

    Can anybody tell me why chickens sometimes do that? Just out of curiosity?

    The shell is just a bit punched in, exposing the air cell, the inner membrane that contains the egg yolk & egg white is still intact. Kind of like a slightly cracked egg that did not leak that you sometimes see in the store box.

    Any reason why I should have not eat this egg?
  2. UrbanChickenMama

    UrbanChickenMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2008
    Vancouver, WA
    I had one like this and it was because the bedding in the laying box had gotten too thin. It just broke a bit when it landed on the ground.

    How's your nesting material?
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Try putting some golf balls or fake eggs in the nest box, I had a hen that was doing this during the summer and I put some in, that fixed the problem !!

    If it is a hen pecking it try fixing it now, once the start to peck/eat them it's very hard to break !!

    It should be fine to eat, I would eat it soon wouldnt let it sit to long. I use to give the pecked ones to the dog !!
  4. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I'm no expert, but I have a different theory. I've had 2 or 3 eggs that have a very thin spot on that end of the egg. I mean a VERY thin, tiny spot. Chickens peck spots. They just can't help it. Mine didn't peck them, but I may have just grabbed 'em up before they noticed the "spot". I have no idea what causes that spot. I'm curious to know. I wonder if you've noticed any similar spot on the end of your eggs?
  5. doodledoo

    doodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2008
    Cartersville, GA
    I have had a few pecked before but I think in my case it is just the hens being too rough when they are rearranging the eggs that are in the nest when they go in to lay. None of mine have ever been eaten (that I am aware of) of I have not worried about it. I just put them in the fridge and use those first.
  6. Fombellchicks

    Fombellchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2008
    Western PA
    Ok, I checked the shell - that part where the whole/indent was does not appear any thinner than the rest of the shell.

    I also checked the bedding - I use wood chips and it wasn't a very thick layer. So I added some more chips to it to have a bit more cushion for the falling egg. This was the first egg with an open spot. It was also the first egg of that size (like an XL from the store) so maybe it really just needs a bit more bedding to be safe.

    I will watch to see what happenes with the next ones.

    Thank you for all the quick replies!

    This is a great forum for a NEW EGGER. [​IMG]
  7. Barn Maid Ann

    Barn Maid Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2008
    Punta Gorda, FL
    Quote:I use soft hay on top of a layer of wood chips for extra warmth and cushioning in the nest boxes. Especially in winter. If you can get second cutting hay, it is very soft and green, just like grass. (first cut is stiff and stemmy)
    If your chickens are not used to it at this time of year, I would expose them slowly, a bit at a time, just in case they would gorge themselves on it. Too much could cause a crop impaction. Mine are used to it as we have it year round for the horses.

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