Keeping Chickens: Prevent Egg Pecking
If you are thinking about buying chickens for sale it is vital that you consider all the potential problems entailed in keeping chickens healthy and happy. This can include certain behaviour in chicken coops such as pecking each other and pecking eggs. Although this is a fairly common occurrence, you must take action to stop it so that you can recover eggs in good condition.
• If you begin to notice pecking in chicken coops you must act immediately to stop it. First, make sure that all the birds have more than enough room to lay their eggs in. Nest boxes of 12x12 inches should be adequate space in chicken coops for one bird.
• As the eggs are laid you should remove them promptly. This gets rid of the chance that they will be pecked at.
• Keeping chickens that are behaving like this, you should observe them to find out which ones are offending.
• The birds that have yolk or egg shell around their beaks should be quarantined.
• Place oyster shells in chicken coops so that your birds can peck on them instead and get their calcium intake.
• Milk can also be given for about a week for keeping chickens and their calcium levels well.
• Place a golf ball or wooden egg in chicken coops so that chickens begin to associate pecking with these hard and uncomfortable items.