She's one of the noisier hens, constantly wandering about muttering, clucking at other hens or greeting me at a trot making chirpy, purred inquiries. Her interest in sparkly, shiny things means that she pecks at the rings on my finger, the hinges on the coop, the buckles on my shoes. When my sister-in-law, a fellow chicken enthusiast, picked her up, Violet had to check out her sparkly earrings repeatedly (and none too gently).
Violet approached me first to see if I had a treat, then she looked down, cocked her head in interest and eyed my toes. "Berries!" she seemed to say, and became determined to get them all before any other hens discovered what she was sure was a tasty treat. I had to head back into the house for more concealing footwear.
Normally, her peckish behavior doesn't bother me. But ever since she started laying, it's been a cause of consternation. At first I wasn't sure who was doing it, but I kept finding light brown/whitish eggs in the nesting box that had one pea-sized hole at the end. So the girls and I worked to keep the nesting box cleared as soon as an egg was laid, trying to figure out who was doing the pecking.
Which has led to stalker behavior from me. If I notice Violet heading toward the coop and making pre-laying noises, I check the nesting box frequently, to the point where I often open the small door to find her in the box, and get a look of puzzled consternation, her privacy invaded.
Still, she manages to peck a hole in one before I get back out there.
So, I've been reading up on how to prevent this behavior. One source says to place hard "dummy" eggs in the nesting box so that if she pecks it, it will be uncomfortable and will discourage her from doing so again. Another said to cover an egg with petroleum jelly to make pecking the egg unpleasant. And still another suggested putting hot sauce within a hollow shell.
Another said to increase the hens' calcium by offering oyster shells, so we've added a pan of the white, crushed shells to their coop rations, since that was pretty simple (though I'd read elsewhere NOT to give oyster shells, which is why we weren't offering it... so I may have to research that a bit more).
And a suggestion to hang a shiny bauble in the coop to distract her might just work, given her interest in bling. If the number of people online asking how to keep chickens from pecking their eggs is any indicator, it seems to be a fairly common problem, anyhow.
Now, I'm off to see if we have any petroleum jelly. We'll see what Violet thinks of that.