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Hi ya'll
I'm in need of some advice, my hens for some reason are eating their eggs!! They are about 1 yr old , I have only two, and I don't know why this is happening. I tried to researche and got a few ideas, like put the fake eggs in there when I take out the real ones and they will try to eat them but won't be able to, so I did that and it seemed to work if I get to the eggs in time, but I work all day, came home today to find that the eggs were broken into . I don't know how to stop this especially if I'm not home during the day , is there something I can do before the habit will be to hard to breakūüėĒ
Randi
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The habit is hard to break as soon as it gets started.

I personally just eat my egg eaters. If you ask me, hens that dumb are only useful for stew. But my boss has had great luck breaking an egg in the nest and making it taste awful. He's put mustard, hot sauce, vinegar, and anti-picking solutions into it. Really just the nastiest concoction you can think of. As far as I know he's always had success with that method.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ‚ô• Norman ‚ô• Norma ‚ô• Misha ‚ô• and ‚ô• Taylor ‚ô• are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
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Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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If the eggs are still in the nest but the eggshells are breached then you likely have some other egg eating feign at work like a rat.  I have never kept as small a flock as you do but my experience with egg eating hens is that they like to play keep-away with the broken egg.  The result is almost no evidence of an egg remains.

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Are the shells thin...easily broken by a curiosity peck or clumsy footing?

More info on the evidence you've found might help.

Usually when an egg is eaten by the chickens, very little of it remains....most often just a wet spot.

 

Chickens don't have 'hot' receptor taste buds so filling eggs with mustard or hot sauce often does not work.

 

If you are sure they are eating the eggs.....

What and how exactly are you feeding them?

Lack of protein, and sometimes calcium, can lead to egg eating....as can boredom.

 

How big(feet by feet) is your coop and run that they spend the day in?

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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