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Also  making sure they get plenty of protein may help. Sometimes the reason they eat their eggs is because lack of protein. I hope they stop soon.

 

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Yeah, I built a nice hand-crafted roll-away nest roost, at a comfortable angle where the eggs could roll gently downslope to the rear, with a covering board resting at a precise angle maintained by nails, that could be picked up to gather the eggs, in a place where they couldn't get to them. They proceeded to use the roost for a latrine, and lay their eggs on the ground, then eat them, shells and all.

 

Along with their cracked corn and laying pellets they eat table scraps, which often means meat scraps, so I think they're getting their protein.

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Nice to meet you Billy.  Egg eating is a hard habit to break.  One teaches the others and  everyone starts doing it.  Actually golf balls are better,  they can't bite into them and I don't think they'd want to push them around.  You are doing the right things ( rollaway nest box etc),  you just have an incorrigible flock of hens.

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If they don't stop, I'll have to purge them and start over come springtime. I hate to do that, especially the ones we raised from chicks, but we got them for eggs, not for pets.

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I haven't had the egg-eating problem, but remember reading once about people breaking that habit by blowing out a few eggs, filling the eggs with mustard, then putting the eggs where the chickens will find them. Apparently, mustard is not their favorite condiment and once they get a taste of it, supposedly they quit eating eggs. Truth or fiction...I'm not sure, but maybe that's something to try?

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Yep, I tried the eggs filled with mustard, and srirachi sauce. I did notice that water consumption increased that day, but otherwise, no change.

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Yeah, I built a nice hand-crafted roll-away nest roost, at a comfortable angle where the eggs could roll gently downslope to the rear, with a covering board resting at a precise angle maintained by nails, that could be picked up to gather the eggs, in a place where they couldn't get to them. They proceeded to use the roost for a latrine, and lay their eggs on the ground, then eat them, shells and all.

 

Along with their cracked corn and laying pellets they eat table scraps, which often means meat scraps, so I think they're getting their protein.

Welcome to BYC! I don't have any advice for you, sadly. My Lavender Orpington hen used to pick her eggs, and I traded her for some Netherland Dwarf bunnies :P

I think I have a Easter Egger that eats eggs occasionally... Haven't had many issues though.

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Thanks! I'm learning a lot reading posts on the forum, here.

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