why is my hen pecking a hole in her eggs? everyday?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greenhead, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. greenhead

    greenhead In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2009
    we have just one hen that pecks a hole in her egg everyday? she just started laying too. just one little hole on the top of the egg. can i prevent this?? help please.
  2. lilbreeches

    lilbreeches Songster

    Feb 13, 2009
    Delight, AR
    r u sure she is pecking the hole or is the shell weak? if she is doing it, i hope someone can give you pointers on how to stop it before she starts eating her eggs. that is very hard to break. still fighting with it with my hens. good luck.
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I thought I had a hen like that- but it was because she would kick all the bedding out of the nest box, and lay the egg while standing. I finally put some sheet foam and scrap carpet in the box. No more broken eggs.
  4. I've had three eggs just like that in the last week. Different colored eggs so I know they are not from the same hen. My girls are always kicking their nest material out of the boxes (pine shavings). So they are often laying on the card board I've lined the boxes with. Didn't dawn on me that they could be getting a puncture hole on the end from the drop. Does that have anything to do with thin shells? They seem strong when I crack them. I thought someone was puncturing them.
  5. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I have hay in the boxes and the girls have made perfect nests out of it- it's been great for us.

    Just thought I'd throw that in...
  6. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Songster

    Jun 27, 2007
    We used to put hay in the nests and our girls would kick the hay out and those that lay standing would often end up with an egg with a wee hole in it. We switched to pine shavings in the boxes and the girls seem to love it, no more eggs with holes in them.


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