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How can I stop a hen from eating eggs?
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I'd suggest you type "egg eating" in the search box - there's lots of threads on the topic.

 

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Do you know for sure that these eggs are being eaten upon being laid? What do the remains look like? Are the shells very thin? Are there any remains at all, or are you just assuming a lack of eggs means they're being eaten?

 

Most of the time, people who think they have an egg eater, really don't. If an egg happens to be laid that has a thin shell, and if a hen happens to step on it, it breaks. Then the hen will take advantage of the opportunity to eat the egg, as will other hens who notice it.

 

If you find an egg that has not been crushed and has a sturdy shell but opened by beak action, then you may, in fact, have an egg eater. But address that issue only after you make sure the eggs are actually being eaten and not accidentally broken, then eaten. This does not usually lead to egg eating.

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Do you know for sure that these eggs are being eaten upon being laid? What do the remains look like? Are the shells very thin? Are there any remains at all, or are you just assuming a lack of eggs means they're being eaten?

Most of the time, people who think they have an egg eater, really don't. If an egg happens to be laid that has a thin shell, and if a hen happens to step on it, it breaks. Then the hen will take advantage of the opportunity to eat the egg, as will other hens who notice it.

If you find an egg that has not been crushed and has a sturdy shell but opened by beak action, then you may, in fact, have an egg eater. But address that issue only after you make sure the eggs are actually being eaten and not accidentally broken, then eaten. This does not usually lead to egg eating.
I have seen she'll left over but it is very thin, I put out grit for them so hopefully that stops the problem, thanks
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Do you know for sure that these eggs are being eaten upon being laid? What do the remains look like? Are the shells very thin? Are there any remains at all, or are you just assuming a lack of eggs means they're being eaten?

Most of the time, people who think they have an egg eater, really don't. If an egg happens to be laid that has a thin shell, and if a hen happens to step on it, it breaks. Then the hen will take advantage of the opportunity to eat the egg, as will other hens who notice it.

If you find an egg that has not been crushed and has a sturdy shell but opened by beak action, then you may, in fact, have an egg eater. But address that issue only after you make sure the eggs are actually being eaten and not accidentally broken, then eaten. This does not usually lead to egg eating.
I have seen she'll left over but it is very thin, I put out grit for them so hopefully that stops the problem, thanks

Grit will not help with egg shell hardness.

Tell us more about the problem.

What exactly are you feeding?

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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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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Grit will not help with egg shell hardness.


That depends on if it is soluble grit or insoluble grit.  In the US, the term "grit" generally refers to insoluble grit, usually in the form of granite.  In other parts of the world, the term "grit" is used more loosely and can refer either to insoluble grit or soluble grit (generally in the form of crushed oyster shell).

 

OP, if you offered them soluble grit (oyster shell), then that will help with egg shell hardness.  If not, get some crushed oyster shell and offer it alongside the grit.

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Grit will not help with egg shell hardness.


That depends on if it is soluble grit or insoluble grit.  In the US, the term "grit" generally refers to insoluble grit, usually in the form of granite.  In other parts of the world, the term "grit" is used more loosely and can refer either to insoluble grit or soluble grit (generally in the form of crushed oyster shell).

 

OP, if you offered them soluble grit (oyster shell), then that will help with egg shell hardness.  If not, get some crushed oyster shell and offer it alongside the grit.

True....I should have referenced that I was talking about insoluble granite grit for digestion in gizzard.

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."

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