How can i get my hen to stop cracking her eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 5chickenluver7, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. 5chickenluver7

    5chickenluver7 In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2010
    Washington State
    My barred rock hen wont stop cracking her eggs after she lays them!
    About 6 months ago, i let her hatch 6 eggs out. Could she be trying to hatch these eggs to? Its usually just a single peck that doesnt break the membrane, are they okay to eat still?
    What can i do to stop her? Any information is helpful! thanks

  2. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Songster

    Jun 26, 2010
    Roanoke Alabama
    Are you sure it's a peck? I thought mine was pecking also but they were breaking when they were laid.
  3. 5chickenluver7

    5chickenluver7 In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2010
    Washington State
    yes, i have seen her do it
  4. Annabella

    Annabella Songster

    Apr 17, 2010
    A little peck might lead to eating them!!
    I think the way around it is to collect the eggs more often.
    Do you know when she lays - are you able to get the eggs straight up.
    The other option is the nesting box where the eggs roll away - out of beak reach ! [​IMG]
    Good luck
  5. Aaronblackman

    Aaronblackman In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2010
    My hens did this for a little while, it was my own fault, because if i had more eggs than i needed in a day, i would go up to the run, take them al out and throw 2 or 3 on the ground and let them argue (which would lead to fighting) over who gets the shells, someone told me it is a lack of protein, so try giving them back the eggs shells, god they love them [​IMG] She probably lays them, then thinks hmmm i have this all to myself until i get of the next and they find in... nom nom nom crack !

  6. tarheelmama7914

    tarheelmama7914 Chirping

    Aug 27, 2010
    Claremont, NC
    my older egg layer is doing that or else another goes in and does it
  7. 5chickenluver7

    5chickenluver7 In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2010
    Washington State
    my hen is only 2 y/o!
    we already give them their egg shells back and they do love them!
    she doesnt break the membrane, just the shell. but to be safe we still dont eat them.
    what else could i give them for protien? we have no problems with our other chickens, just her! i think she may be trying to hatch them. because when we let her hatch a clutch she pecked at the egg when they were hatching to help them get out.
    we were hoping to let her hatch another clutch next spring, but right now that will NOT be happening.
    any other suggestions?
  8. MissJenny

    MissJenny Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    If you are looking for a good source of protein there's tuna or beans -- some feed them chicken, which creeps me out. They'd also get protein from bugs and frogs and crawdads, worms...

    I would do as the others suggest which is to collect eggs more frequently if you can.


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