Update on pecked eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Charlene, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. Charlene

    Charlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted about 2 months ago about some pecked eggs. I added oyster shell to the diet and lots of free choice food in different areas (these are free range chickens). At the time I had 2 hens, 1 pullet and 1 cockerel.

    Well, for a long time all was well. I gave away the cockerel and hoped that was that. Then it happened once and stopped. And then over 3 consecutive days last weeks, three eggs were pecked, some eaten more than others.

    I put the pullet in a cage and now I've had 4 perfect eggs. So, I believe she is the culprit.

    Anyone know if she'll eat her own eggs? She will probably start laying in the next few weeks. I will likely give her away. She is a mutt, does that have anything to do with it? My BR's are the perfect ladies.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Charlene,
    I had the same problem with a pullet a couple months ago. Try golf balls and/or "fake" eggs in the nests. I rearranged the coop and added buckets as nests. Some say that egg eating isn't fixable, but mine did stop. I think speed is important to stop the habit before it is too set. Some people suggest filling an eggshell with mustard, horseradish, or something like that. Good Luck!

    Imp
     

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