My egg is scratched. What is this?!!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by emmyabbyanny, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. emmyabbyanny

    emmyabbyanny New Egg

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    My chickens have just started laying about 1 month ago. Today one of the eggs had scratches on it, maybe from someones beak?? I am afraid they will start eating their eggs.
     
  2. 19Dawn76

    19Dawn76 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2009
    Toadsuck, AR
    Mine come out with scratches sometimes also. It kinda looks like the paint got scratched onthe way out. [​IMG]
     
  3. 19Dawn76

    19Dawn76 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2009
    Toadsuck, AR
    When i said mine, i of course meant my chickens. [​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    When they are moving the eggs and/or golf balls around under them its not unusual for them to scratch one a bit with their toenails. I see it from time to time; got a scratched one today as a matter of fact.
     
  5. emmyabbyanny

    emmyabbyanny New Egg

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    Thanks for your help. I was never even near a chicken until this July when I decided to get some. I need all the help I can get.
     
  6. granmahen

    granmahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you think it means they need more calcium?
     
  7. emmyabbyanny

    emmyabbyanny New Egg

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    I feed layer pellets and give them oyster flakes. Sometimes I even give them yogurt. Would they need more calcium than that??
     
  8. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    Is the scratch an actual groove in the eggshell? Or more like the 'paint/coating' was scratched?

    If it is the paint/coating looking scratched it could be because when the egg comes out of the hen, it can be a little sticky and moist - and if a strand of hay gets stuck to it, the coating might look scratched.

    At least, that's what the scratches are on my eggs. (And my greedy thumbprints too on Saturday mornings!)
     
  9. emmyabbyanny

    emmyabbyanny New Egg

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    there are several scratches like it was done by a beak or maybe toenails. It is very odd. [​IMG] I don't have any hay there is pine shavings and some strips of newspaper in the nesting box--that all three of my layers use and ignore the other boxes.
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Betcha it was just normal scratches. Nothing more than the outer layer (the "top coat") that was scratched? It happens. No worries. Pecking marks would tend to be more concentrated in one small area.
    Have your own chickens long enough and you'll see all kinds of little egg quirks. Most are entirely normal. [​IMG]
     

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