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only green eggs get pecked...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mah46036, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. mah46036

    mah46036 In the Brooder

    Oct 12, 2010
    We have a small flock of only 6 hens, until summer [​IMG] the last week or so we have had only the green eggs being pecked... What's up with that? none of the white or brown ones. just the green. Any ideas?

    Thank you.

  2. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Songster

    Oct 9, 2010
    [​IMG] Maybe the hen laid a soft-shelled egg and the others learnt to eat green eggs. Since these don't look like "normal" eggs I suppose they didn't make the connection with any other color....[​IMG]
  3. mah46036

    mah46036 In the Brooder

    Oct 12, 2010
    actually the membrane wasn't even punctured. just the shell.
  4. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Songster

    Oct 9, 2010
    Maybe they thought it was a piece of food. Hens will sometimes eat eggs, or feathers due to a calcium deficiency. Just a thought. [​IMG]
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Get a porcelain egg and paint it green. That will teach them.
  6. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Quote:You're kind of sick, Mahonri. :lol

    Well, could it be that the one laying the green egg is pecking her own egg?
  7. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    Quote:Actually this is a good idea. If you don't have an egg eating problem yet, you might wind up with one and from what I have read, it is hard to break them of egg eating. You could even find an egg shaped rock and paint it green to discourage the egg pecking.

  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Have you actually seen anyone physically peck the eggs? And is it only one or two hens laying those eggs? It would be very unusual for a chicken to peck a hole in the shell and not keep going.

    The reason I ask is that last year I had eggs looking like they'd been pecked, just enough to make a little hole in the shell. Turns out I had a hen who liked to kick all the shavings out of the nest box and when she layed her egg she was dropping it on the wood floor from a standing position. Just enough to "dent" the egg.

    I glued some foam in the bottom of her favorite nest and that ended the problem.

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