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My 6 month old Marans have been laying for the last couple of weeks ... every now and then I discover that they have eaten or pecked a hole in an egg ... how can I stop/deter this behavior?  Thanks!

post #2 of 9

If you can, try to figure out who the egg eater is - that is a behavior that chickens can learn from others, so removing the culprit will sometimes work.  Some people have had luck with ceramic eggs, collect eggs often throughout the day so that only the ceramic ones are left in the nest.  The rock hard eggs will sometimes deter pecking.

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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post #3 of 9

Do the eggs they are eating have very hard shells?

 

A soft or thin shelled egg is easily broken,

then it's fair game for eating and will not necessarily lead to an egg eating habit.

 

Can be common when first starting to lay to have thin and/or soft shells and/or curiosity pecks.

 

Make sure they are getting good protein and calcium levels.

Have oyster shell in a separate container available at all times,

don't dilute the protein in their regular feed with too many other foods.

 

1muttsfan has offered some good solutions.

 

Roll away nests can be a definite solution,

eggs filled with various substances are usually just a mess maker.


Edited by aart - 9/29/15 at 3:20am

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Quoting centrarchid:

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #4 of 9
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It may be difficult to single out (hopefully only one!) the culprit ... I am retired, so I do collect eggs numerous times throughout the day ... that said, I only have 6 hens and they have just been laying for about  a month now!  I have tried the ceramic egg, but I took it out since it seemed to scare the hens away from the nest and they started laying on the ground!

Thanks for your input.

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Originally Posted by 1cshook View Post
 

It may be difficult to single out (hopefully only one!) the culprit ... I am retired, so I do collect eggs numerous times throughout the day ... that said, I only have 6 hens and they have just been laying for about  a month now!  I have tried the ceramic egg, but I took it out since it seemed to scare the hens away from the nest and they started laying on the ground!

Thanks for your input.

Do you only have one nest?

2 might be better for 6 hens.

Maybe sneak the ceramic egg in there after they have laid?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #6 of 9

My rooster went after a freshly laid soft shell one of my new layers just (literally) plopped out on the run ground. I was in there, shooed him away, brought it inside, cooked it, and brought it back out. I'm out there pretty often between cleaning, checking on, watering, feed, checking for eggs if I know one was in there working on laying one. I just started giving mine oyster shells since a couple are laying more regular now. I have 1 that has yet to lay with a shell, but mine just leave the shell ones alone. I have 7 nesting boxes (1 storage bin that they decided to claim as theirs, 3 laundry baskets they love, and 3 organizer bins they love) and 2 nesting/roosting shelves for my 10 hens. I eventually want to build some boxes, but they love what they have for now. If you don't have choices for nesting boxes I'd try that and see if it makes a difference. 

post #7 of 9
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I have 3 nesting boxes for the 6 hens ... they seem to be undecided on whether they'd rather use them or the ground!  I figure what happens, happens!  I plan on trying the ceramic egg again and, if that doesn't work, so be it!

post #8 of 9
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I have 2 laying boxes, but the girls seem undecided which box to use OR just lay on the ground!  I plan on trying the ceramic egg again ... if it works, great ... if not, so be it!

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Originally Posted by 1cshook View Post
 

I have 3 nesting boxes for the 6 hens ... they seem to be undecided on whether they'd rather use them or the ground!  I figure what happens, happens!  I plan on trying the ceramic egg again and, if that doesn't work, so be it!

Sometimes with chickens, it's just watch and wait....trial and tribulation/exultation. 

 

Best of cLuck to ya!


Edited by aart - 9/29/15 at 11:27am

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
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