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Eggs breaking & cracking and my hens are eating the eggs

post #1 of 21
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I've had my chickens for 2 weeks now, my hens are either cracking or eating the eggs..not sure what to do, calcuim ?

post #2 of 21

They're probably egg eaters. Not good! Figure out which on is doing it and separate her from the flock. It could be several of them. It's contagious I guess you could say. 


Edited by Chick1043 - 4/1/13 at 5:00pm
These are videos of two different chicks hatching. Kevin and Boo. One is a slide show. (:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX_6T7jk9e8&feature=channel&list=UL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaA3j5kmAME&feature=plcp

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These are videos of two different chicks hatching. Kevin and Boo. One is a slide show. (:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX_6T7jk9e8&feature=channel&list=UL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaA3j5kmAME&feature=plcp

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post #3 of 21

In my experience, and from what others have told me, it's either you have to find some way to get her to stop, or off to the butcher she goes.

I have little advice but to say seperate her, or hope you get to collect your eggs fast enough.

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and foes bear arms to the Doors of Death"

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The early bird may get the worm...But the second mouse gets the cheese

 

 

 

"Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,

to storm or fire the world must fall.

An oath to keep with a final breath,

and foes bear arms to the Doors of Death"

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post #4 of 21

Howdy from Kansas, cfish, and welcome-byc.gif!  Happy you joined our flock!  Sorry to hear about your eggs being cracked.  One other option is to provide with a laying box designed at a slight angle.  When the chicken lay the egg it rolls forward into a covered area safe away from pecking.  Hope you can solve the problem.  Good luck to you!
 

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Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
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I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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post #5 of 21

welcome-byc.gif  It's nasty habbit and very contagious meaning the other hens will end up copying her behavior.  I don't know if I've ever read of someone actually curing a hen of doing this.

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post #6 of 21

a nest box with a slant is what I've found to work, it hides and protects the egg from the hen, welcome-byc.gif

 one Buff Orpington, one Cherry Egger, and one Black Sex Link

Soon adding one Delaware, one New Hampshire red, one Silkie, one Barred Rock, one Silver Lace Cochin bantam, 

one Silver Lace Wyandotte, one Gold Lace Wyandotte, one Easter Egger, and two Buff ducks (one male one female)

 

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 one Buff Orpington, one Cherry Egger, and one Black Sex Link

Soon adding one Delaware, one New Hampshire red, one Silkie, one Barred Rock, one Silver Lace Cochin bantam, 

one Silver Lace Wyandotte, one Gold Lace Wyandotte, one Easter Egger, and two Buff ducks (one male one female)

 

One Basset Hound and Lab Mix, Two Lab and Bird Dog Mix, and One Boxer and Shepard Mix

 Four Cats and one...

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post #7 of 21

that works IF the hen actually lays them in the nest box, and not in the run or under a bush, or their other hidey holes.  They are devious

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post #8 of 21

that's true, for the slanting nest box to work then the hens will have to lay in the nest boxes, luckily I don't have any egg eaters and they lay in their nest boxes

 one Buff Orpington, one Cherry Egger, and one Black Sex Link

Soon adding one Delaware, one New Hampshire red, one Silkie, one Barred Rock, one Silver Lace Cochin bantam, 

one Silver Lace Wyandotte, one Gold Lace Wyandotte, one Easter Egger, and two Buff ducks (one male one female)

 

One Basset Hound and Lab Mix, Two Lab and Bird Dog Mix, and One Boxer and Shepard Mix

 Four Cats and one...

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 one Buff Orpington, one Cherry Egger, and one Black Sex Link

Soon adding one Delaware, one New Hampshire red, one Silkie, one Barred Rock, one Silver Lace Cochin bantam, 

one Silver Lace Wyandotte, one Gold Lace Wyandotte, one Easter Egger, and two Buff ducks (one male one female)

 

One Basset Hound and Lab Mix, Two Lab and Bird Dog Mix, and One Boxer and Shepard Mix

 Four Cats and one...

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post #9 of 21

I would go with the nest box that rolls the eggs away from the chicken.

Elizabeth

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Elizabeth

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post #10 of 21
If your shells are weak you may want to give them some oyster shell. It helps my girls when the shells start getting weak!
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