Ahh! They're eating their eggs! Is there any hope?!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nsyod, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. nsyod

    nsyod New Egg

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    Our 9 hens have recently started eating their own eggs. It's hard to tell how many they are eating since their production has slowed way down but there is evidence that they are getting their fair share. We think it has been happening for about 1 week. Is there a way to stop it?
     
  2. Ghostbelly

    Ghostbelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you should just look it up because their is this one site that gives you ten steps to make it stop. Good Luck :D
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Put something hard in the nest box, like a golf ball. It will discourage them from pecking at eggs - it can't feel good to peck a golf ball.
     
  4. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think those wooden fake eggs at the livestock store work better than golfalls if they don't work.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I have them as well, but I think the golf ball is more dense, and thus would hurt more when they peck at it. I keep both in my boxes.
     
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  6. hennotrooster

    hennotrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Squirrels stole our fake eggs and the hens pushed the golf balls out of the nests. I get out early and take the eggs from under them. I only had one that would pitch a fit but I would swap it out with the fake egg.
     
  7. nsyod

    nsyod New Egg

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    Update: we started checking for eggs multiple times each day and taking whatever was there. It seems as though that worked for us, for now anyway. They all seem to be laying in the boxes again without incident or evidence of broken eggs anywhere. I don't know if we fixed the problem or what but I am happy that we are gathering eggs again.
     

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