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I have a chicken that eats her eggs if in a coop or cage but nit if she is running loose in the yard. Is she just stupid or what. Can someone please help me.
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It sounds like stress and/or boredom to me. If she is out in the yard, she can scratch and run about and hunt for bugs etc. If she is confined with nothing else to do and she knows that egg tastes good, you can't blame her for eating it.

Usually it starts when an egg gets accidentally broken, maybe as a result of it being thin shelled. Once they know it tastes good and they are locked up with it, it's just too much of a temptation.


She's not stupid, she is just telling you that the answer is to let her out in the yard more or give her a bigger run (cage) or if that is not possible, make the run more interesting with things she can jump up on and scratch through... Hang greens up for her to peck at, scatter clean straw down..... mine can't resist a pile of new straw even though they free range. Dig up some dirt from the garden or compost and throw it in so that there are bugs for her to scratch for.... make her life more interesting basically.

post #3 of 6
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Thank you for your help
post #4 of 6
Could be a diet issue. Being bored may have something to do with it but your story IMO points to a nutrient issue.
What are you feeding her and how many chickens do you have? Is she the only one illustrating egg eating behavior?
You need to stop this behavior asap or it will never stop. Get the aggs out of the nest immediately add some golf balls or other egg replacemts that wont break when she pecks at them and try boosting her diet by adding more protien.
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I feed her cracked corn and layer pellets and also sunflower seeds. She is the only one in that pen because I didn't want the rest of my chickens to pick up that habit. I feed all of them the same thing.
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Hmmm...seems like she has a taste for them and knows there is food there. I have heard of people poking a hole in an eggshell...blow out the yolk and replace it with mustard. Put it in with her and when she pecks and breaks the egg she gets mustard. Thus turning her off of egg pecking. Also heard of folks using red hot sauce lol...I would try the mustard bit. You are right to separate her. She could easily show the others. That would be catastrophic in terms of egg production etc.
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