So, it has been a very long, cold winter here in central Ohio (many, many nights below zero, and still expecting more this week). The weather has to break sometime. But meanwhile, there have been times the chickens have been stuck inside the coop for long periods of time. ("Stuck" by their own choice most days... I left the small door open, but they chose not to go out if there was any snow.) At some point, one of them decided to start eating eggs. We have 7 layers and 3 bantams, and there were at least 4 eggs yesterday (I found shells) but all were eaten. I am not kidding, I've been going out every 1/2 hour in the mornings the last few days trying to find even ONE egg that isn't broken, but I can't get one. They peck into the newest egg as soon as it's laid. I am so sick at heart because I've fed them all winter, and now I am not sure if I will ever be able to get eggs again from these girls. I've only had chickens for two years, so the oldest 2 hens are almost two years old and the rest are under a year. I just feel like culling them all right now and starting over again from scratch in the spring. What do you think? Right now, I feel like I could never trust these girls in the winter again, and I don't even know if they will leave the eggs alone when the weather gets better & they are out of the coop more.