Who's the pecker?

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

  1. TC chicken

    TC chicken In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2016
    Tipp City, Ohio
    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 Crowing

    Jul 26, 2016
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    If it's always on the end of the egg, it's from the drop. GC
  3. carlf

    carlf Chirping

    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL
    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 Crowing

    Jul 19, 2015
    Coastal Bend, TX
    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 In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2016
    Tipp City, Ohio
    Thanks everyone for the response. I'll keep an eye out for critters.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    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.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2016
  7. TC chicken

    TC chicken In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2016
    Tipp City, Ohio
    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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