Often poultry farmers are faced with the fact that chickens eat their own eggs, this can be a serious problem. It is urgent to find out the reason for this behavior. Usually everything starts with one chicken, and after a while all the inhabitants of the hen house are already pecking the eggs.
It is necessary
Quality feed, vitamin D, calcium source
The main reason chickens peck at their eggs is due to improper feeding. The diet of the laying hen must be balanced, therefore it is necessary to choose a feed that contains a sufficient amount of trace elements and nutrients. Chickens especially need calcium and vitamin D.
Chickens may not be comfortable in the house, which can also cause them to peck eggs. If the nests are located very high, almost under the ceiling, and the distance between them is too small, then it is worth correcting these errors. In such an environment, the laying hen can accidentally step on the egg, crush it, and then peck it. Avoid too bright lighting in the chicken coop, this is very unnerving for birds.
Chickens peck eggs and from the fact that they are too cramped, there may be no active walking. The chicken coop should not be densely populated, layers should feel free, even in the cold season they should have territory in order to stretch their legs. A calm, contented hen will not peck at its eggs.
Another reason for egg spoilage is feeding chickens with eggshells. Many inexperienced poultry farmers make this mistake by supplying eggshells as a source of calcium. The fact is that laying hens quickly get used to the look and smell of the shell and begin to peck at their own eggs, and once they taste the white or yolk, they want to repeat it again, because the eggs are very tasty and nutritious.
There is also such an option that the reason for everything is one single chicken. Perhaps she is too aggressive, and once accidentally tasted eggs, she began to continue to eat them. Of course, it is strange, but many layers imitate their fellow tribesmen, a bad example is contagious. To solve the problem, it is necessary to observe the hen house and eliminate the aggressive laying hen. Usually such a hen is constantly spinning near the nests, trying to find a new portion of the treat.