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silkie pecking her egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by emeraldquill, May 29, 2008.

  1. emeraldquill

    emeraldquill In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2008
    [​IMG] I have a big broody silkie (this is week 7 now) and a little silkie that has just started laying. Things seemed to be going fine the first few days until this morning. Harriet layed an egg, Big broody Mabel spotted it and decided it was a better bet than the corn-on-the-cob she had been trying to 'bake' and shoved Harriet off.....it was handbags at 40 paces! When I wrestled Mabel off the egg Harriet then proceeded to violently peck it! I removed the egg and what followed was an oral grump session between them for about 10 mins. What the heck is going on??? Am I going to have this every day now? Bear in mind she usually lays before I go to work, what will happen between them if I am not here when she lays?
    Suggestions please...it's one problem after another here, and I'm worried about the noise and the neighbours.[​IMG]
  2. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    It sounds like you may need to place your broody silkie into a pen until she hatches(or is done being broody). I do not think she was pecking to destroy the egg, I think she was using her beak to claim and "move" the egg. I have watched my broodies steal eggs from one another by rolling them from nest to nest using their beaks.

    Maybe she spotted the other egg and claimed it as hers and was using her beak to go put it in her nest. Could this be what is happening with your silkie?

    I suggest putting her in a cage inside the coop until she is done being broody or using nestboxes they cannot see into from other nestboxes. That way she cannot look around from her nest and spot the other eggs. By putting "lips" on the ground portion of the nest, you also keep her from stealing the other eggs(or discouraging it anyway) because it is harder for them to pick the egg up and over something. I suggest the cage idea myself though, just make sure she's got food and water and "her" eggs of course. If it is a wire cage you can darken by draping something over it, so she doesn't stress trying to get out and steal easily seen eggs.

  3. emeraldquill

    emeraldquill In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2008
    Thank you so much for the advice, someone here always has a solution or at least something different to try. I will give the cage thing a shot![​IMG]
  4. angelmarie

    angelmarie Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    it super stress 1 of my silkies did the same thing

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