Who's the pecker?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TC chicken, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. TC chicken

    TC chicken Just Hatched

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    All my chickens have finally stated laying, but the last few days it seems that there is a culprit in the hen house that is pecking holes in some of the eggs. Is this a jealous hen being vindictive? Why would they do this? I don't think its from lack of space as my hen house and nesting boxes are fairly large and I only have 5. Any ideas? Thanks for the input.

    P.S. There is plenty of straw in the nesting box to cushion the fall.
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2016
  2. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's always on the end of the egg, it's from the drop. GC
     
  3. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens aren't jealous or vindictive, those are human traits.

    Is it just a small hole? Are the yolks of the eggs being eaten?
    Might be rats.
     
  4. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I had mice chewing small holes in my eggs. Look around for droppings. You can also try peeking in late at night and if there is any scurrying.
     
  5. TC chicken

    TC chicken Just Hatched

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    Thanks everyone for the response. I'll keep an eye out for critters.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    It may also just be 'curiosity pecking'...had that problem with pullets this year
    New layers can have thin shelled eggs...and other funky iterations.
    Soft and thin shelled eggs that are easily broken are fair game for eating IMO, and will not necessarily lead to egg eating.
    Collecting eggs as frequently as possible when you have new layers and having hard fake eggs/golf balls in the nests can help deter the curiosity pecking.
    Definitely collect all the real eggs every night when you lock up coop.......
    ......rodents generally only 'work' at night, during the day they could well become a chicken meal.
     
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  7. TC chicken

    TC chicken Just Hatched

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    Awesome..... Thx!
    Also after thinking, my girls lay in the morning. We collect before work/school. So it would have to be between the time they lay early morning til we leave. Curiosity sounds probable and they are all new layers.
     

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