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I don't think that it's that they don't like mustard, birds don't have the 'spice' receptors that we have, it's that mustard isn't egg and that's what they're after.

Part of the problem is your coop is too small for that many birds, crowding causes stress, which can cause negative behaviors.

Also what exactly are you feeding them?
I believe that low protein, especially animal protein, is a prime reason they start eating eggs...then it can become a habit.
. Hi. I feed them a commercial feed (both crumble and pellet), and I mix in a little bit of oyster shell and baked, crumbled eggshells that I've saved. I think they started eating eggs out of boredom, and now do it because of the tasty reward they get for pecking into the shells. My question relates more to whether they will ever stop doing this, or whether they have now learned it so well that there's no hope of my getting eggs again.

What are the protein and calcium levels on the feeds you are using? Look on the labels.

Keep the oyster and egg shells in a different container......don't mix it in with the feed.

 

It's hard to say if they will keep doing it or not, first you have to find out why they are doing it.

 

Evaluating the size of coop (feet by feet) and number of birds...as well as looking at their nutrition levels are the first steps.

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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post #12 of 18
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Well, folks... the verdict is in on mustard eggs.... my girls absolutely gobble them up.  :barnie

 

If they're willing to eat mustard eggs, it sounds like they're needing the extra calories during this cold spell. Might want to increase their protein and make sure they have feed available all during the day to eat as they need it. 

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Two old people and two young-adult children. One rescued black and tan American Coon Hound, and a Boston terrier/Chihuahua mix puppy. RIP "Buster Brown", best chocolate lab ever 6/29/02 - 3/31/14. Home of "The Best Mouser In The World", Lily, a calico cat that adopted us. 1 BSL, 1 Delaware, 1 Buff Orp, 2 Barred Rocks, 1 EE in the coop. 3 Barred Rocks and 3 SLW's in the brooder. The construction...
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post #13 of 18
How about giving them something else to peck? If it is boredom due to being cooped up a flock block, cabbage, or tray of sprouts might be more interesting than eggs. Still feed a higher protein food (20%) in case the cause is dietary. Also consider installing curtains on the nest boxes. It sounds silly but as they say "out of sight, out of mind". I'd recommend constructing a covered run this summer so that if you do manage to break them of it, you don't find yourself with the same problem next winter.
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To give you time to sort out the rest of the issues that could be at play here in having caused the habit to start, time to use roll-away nests.  The function of these nests is that the eggs roll out of reach of the hens into a "safe" spot where they are no longer accessible - thus keeping them whole and available to you for gathering.

Where are we going, and why are we in this hand basket?
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Where are we going, and why are we in this hand basket?
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post #15 of 18
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To give you time to sort out the rest of the issues that could be at play here in having caused the habit to start, time to use roll-away nests.  The function of these nests is that the eggs roll out of reach of the hens into a "safe" spot where they are no longer accessible - thus keeping them whole and available to you for gathering.

But difficult to install in an already too small coop during the winter.
post #16 of 18
Put a golf ball where they lay there eggs . That might work:-)
Edited by SuperLuke - 3/6/15 at 6:30pm
post #17 of 18

I used regular dish soap, I looked it up and it said it was fine:)

  I have 1 Buff Orpington, 2 pure White Leghorns, 5 Easter Eggers, 2 pure Rhode Island Reds, 2 Black Cochins, 4 Guinea Fowl, 4 ducks, 3 Golden Sex-links, 1 Brahma, 1 Black Sex-Link, 1 Chinese Bantam and 2 more Ameraucanas!  Love those chickens!  Also an American Rabbit!!!!  Plus a Great Pyrenees, a Golden Retriever,a cat and 3 fish.   God's not dead!
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  I have 1 Buff Orpington, 2 pure White Leghorns, 5 Easter Eggers, 2 pure Rhode Island Reds, 2 Black Cochins, 4 Guinea Fowl, 4 ducks, 3 Golden Sex-links, 1 Brahma, 1 Black Sex-Link, 1 Chinese Bantam and 2 more Ameraucanas!  Love those chickens!  Also an American Rabbit!!!!  Plus a Great Pyrenees, a Golden Retriever,a cat and 3 fish.   God's not dead!
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post #18 of 18

I am in the same boat with my hens eating the eggs. I tried the mustard in the egg bit and they ate the egg AND the mustard! I am going to try increasing the protein intake.

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