Holes in eggs and double yolkers... Help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Scybrix, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Scybrix

    Scybrix Out Of The Brooder

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    In the last week we've had 3 double yolkers, and in the last 2 days I've had 2 eggs with a hole in the top. What's going on with my girls?!?!
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  2. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    The picture looks like it may have been pecked? Or do you think it's from bumping into another egg on the way in the nest?
    Are your hens new layers?
     
  3. Scybrix

    Scybrix Out Of The Brooder

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    I think they have been pecked. Yes, fairly new. They just stared laying a couple days after Christmas.
     
  4. alaskanchickens

    alaskanchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's definitely been pecked. Keep an eye out for the egg eater. I have golf balls in our most used nest boxes and that seems to help some. Collecting eggs a few times a day is really the best way I've found to prevent eggs from being eaten. Double yolkers are pretty common, we get about 1 a week. Nothing to be concerned about, it's just because two eggs were released into the oviduct at the same time. I would advise you to periodically check vents to make sure theres no prolapse, some eggs are so big they can cause damage.
     
  5. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    I don't have any documentation for this, but I've seen people mention in passing that double yolkers from established layers can indicate an overweight hen. Maybe it's your egg eater :confused:
    Then again, I don't know if two months is considered an established hen or not.
     
  6. alaskanchickens

    alaskanchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got a lot more double yolkers within the first 3-4 months after our hens started laying.
     
  7. Scybrix

    Scybrix Out Of The Brooder

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    I officially have an egg eater!!! We've had 2 eaten this week :( Can I stop this or does she need to go? I think it's one of my RIW's, but not sure.
     
  8. subhanalah

    subhanalah Overrun With Chickens

    Find out who she is and get rid of her. If theyhave proper food, that's the only alternative.
     
  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    A lot of chickens will eat an egg that is opened, say it breaks accidentally. That doesn’t make her an egg eater. It’s when she’s opening them on purpose that it’s a problem. Accidentally broken eggs is one way to get them started. An egg eater can teach other hens to open eggs. That is not a good situation at all.

    I agree that egg looks pecked. Something else that can cause damage somewhat like that is a nail sticking up in the nest or maybe a hen stuck a claw through it, especially if it is thin-shelled. But with the depth of that hole, it looks pecked.

    How attached are you to your individual hens? I had an egg eater once and as soon as I found out which one it was, I ate her before she could teach the others. But I mainly raise them for meat to start with so that decision was easy.

    Other people will tell you of various techniques to retrain an egg eater. I haven’t done any of them so I can’t say how effective any of those are. One way that can work is to build a roll-away nest. When the hen lays the egg it rolls out of the nest into an area where the hen can’t get to it. That would not work for me since I want my broody hens to be able to hatch with the flock, but maybe you want to consider it.
     
  10. Scybrix

    Scybrix Out Of The Brooder

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    The pictures are of one of the eggs that were pecked. We have found 2 this week that were all but destroyed and eaten. I may be able to get a pic of that later. We have them exclusively to lay, and technically they are my 5 and 14 year old sons chickens. I would rather not have to eat one, but it may be an option. We had extreme cold over the last week and the girls didn't go out much, so I'm hoping that they might have been bored.
     

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