hens breaking eggs
I have about 15 Chanteclers that I am breeding. This year and last, they have been breaking a lot of eggs in the nest. I let them lay until they have enough to brood, but sometimes the eggs are too dirty, and I have to keep clearing the nest.
Does anyone have this problem? I don't collect for an incubator, so I have to leave the eggs until there are enough to trigger their broooding instinct. It's rather discouraging to see a nice clutch of about 10 eggs get spoiled by one being broken.
They are on laying pellets, and free choice oyster shell, and our water has lots of lime in it.