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    How to Prevent Chickens from Pecking Eggs

    ArticlePoultry AdviceTuesday 08 February 2011
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    When considering chickens for sale there are a number of aspects to bear in mind to ensure the best care possible. Keeping chickens throws up a number of different situations that you may think are unusual, but knowing how to deal with them is key. Pecking in chicken coops is quite common and the birds can peck each other or turn to the eggs. You must stop this from happening immediately as chickens can become fond of the taste and will not stop easily.

    If you notice pecking in your chicken coops it is time to take action. Start by ensuring all your chickens have more than enough space to lay eggs comfortably. A nest box that is 12x12 inches is a good size for a chicken to lay without having too much space to peck.

    As soon as eggs are laid, take them out. Do not leave them any time to begin pecking in this way.

    When keeping chickens that are behaving in this way observe them to find out which ones are the offenders. Those that have egg shell or yolk on their beaks should be quarantined. 

    Think about replacing what they peck with oyster shells so that they can at least peck on something. This will compensate for a calcium deficiency that could be causing the pecking in chicken coops.

    You could also give your chickens some milk for around a week to give them some calcium and stop the pecking.

    Place a golf ball or wooden egg in chicken coops so that chickens begin to associate pecking with these hard and uncomfortable items.
     
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