There's a hole in the eggs, dear Liza, dear Liza

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Crusty McPottydoodle, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. Crusty McPottydoodle

    Crusty McPottydoodle Songster

    Mar 14, 2009
    The Wet Coast
    So my Australorp has FINALLY started laying, but out of the 4 eggs she has laid, 3 of them have a hole in the fat end. The membrane isn't broken, but the shell is. The shell itself is pretty strong. Is it possible she is pecking a hole in it herself? It's always the same part of the egg.


  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Have had one or two with an actual hole in them, not pecked. Sometimes, the shell just didn't finish up, I guess.
  3. I had several that were "dented" or cracked on the shell, not the membrane. I put corrugated cardboard on the bottom of the nest box before adding shavings. This gave a bit of cushion, and helped the egg make a safer "landing"...I've switched over to thick shelf liner. Less cutting to replace...I have two sets, one for use, the other to wash and dry. It works great!

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