Pecking holes in the eggs??!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HallChicks, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. HallChicks

    HallChicks In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2007
    I have one hen that seems to regularly peck a hole at the top of her egg- just enough to break the shell, but not deep or wide enough to harm the insides. Why is she doing that?

    I also have a Wyandotte that is one year old now and still not laying! Is that normal?
  2. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    sounds like she maybe calicum try feeding your hens some oyster shell.
  3. Ericasl

    Ericasl Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    The Dalles OR
    I also foung one egg that looked like it had one peck in the top. I was also wondering about that! Mine have oyster shell ,grit and get 20% crumbles.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2008
  4. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    I had Dorking hens that seemed to be doing the same thing. Just making a "dent" in the shell, but not breaking the membrane or anything. I actually watched it happen a couple times. I figured out that the egg shells were thinner and weaker than normal, and the hens didn't have sufficient space or padding in the nests.

    Unless you have actually seen her "peck" the egg, they are probably being broken by being stepped on or laid on a hard surface. Both contributed to the "dented" eggs in my experience anyway.

    I added more oyster shell to their diet and added more padding to the nests. I haven't had a broken shell since and it has been several weeks now.

    Last edited: Apr 10, 2008
  5. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Songster

    Mar 2, 2007
    One of my sex link's eggs nearly always are like this, too. I'm quite sure it's a matter of thinner shells. I have oyster shell free choice for them, but Ethel's eggs have always been this way.
  6. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    Assuming they're getting enough calcium and the shells are hard enough, you might try putting a golf ball or two in the nest/laying box. They will peck on the golf ball perhaps instead of the egg! [​IMG]
  7. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    a thought just came to my feeble old mind.the hens may not be pecking holes in the eggs.they maybe stepping on their toenail punching a hole in them.
  8. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    wynedot55, I doubt their toenails are responsible unless they are walking on pointe like a ballarina. [​IMG]

    chicken-mama, my mixed hen doesn't seem to care for oyster shell. You might try mixing egg shells (they are very high in calcium) in plain probiotic yogurt and cooked oatmeal with fruit for your sex-link hen who lays thin-shelled eggs. I just microwave all egg shells for 1 min. on high, then I pulverize them in the food processor until they look almost like dust! You can even mix it in with her regular feed. She won't know it's there and her egg shell quality may improve. Brandy's did! [​IMG]

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