In the Brooder
- Mar 1, 2018
Hello, we have two pet chickens, we give them free range in the morning in our front garden and then at night put them in a chicken hutch with a secure run. Sometimes our chickens lay in side the hutch and recently I've noticed that when putting the chickens into the hutch the first thing they will do before checking out the food I've also placed in is both go in side the hutch and if there is an egg that has not been collected, crack open that egg with their beak. They don't do it both at the same time but I have only witnessed this happening once so I don't know if it's something they both do in turns or if only one chicken does it. I presumed it's because they need more grit so I've added extra onto their feed but I wanted to ask could there be another cause? Could one chicken be trying to sabotage the others egg or something along those lines? (I'd like to note that we have only two hens so no eggs contain chicks just so you know no baby chickens are getting hurt because of this behaviour.) Thank you!