Birds eating eggs-HELP!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MollyAngel, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. MollyAngel

    MollyAngel Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay- my birds eat their eggs. I think it is more than one, and killing them is NOT an option. Any ideas? Thank you!!
     
  2. FarmingForFun

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    The age old solution other than killing the chicken is to blow and egg out and fill it with a pungent mustard. After the chickens eat that a few times it should correct the problem. You my have to fill and egg a few times until they get the picture, but it should work.[​IMG]
     
  3. MollyAngel

    MollyAngel Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much! Do you know if it will flavor the eggs or not?
     
  4. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Another helpful hint is putting up curtains across the front of the nest boxes sometimes this works. Or tilt your nest box floor so the eggs roll into a slot. I've done both and stopped egg eating all together. Good luck !
     
  5. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    You may want to look into 'roll away' nest boxes. The idea is that after she lays the chicken's egg will roll out of her reach into a protected area. I just saw one in the banner on BYC homepage when I logged on today. Otherwise a quick search should bring it up for you.

    eta - whoops, I guess I was dyslexic about the terminology, it is roll out insetead of roll away nest boxes. Opa on BYC posted great plans, and here is a place to buy a single nest box

    http://www.premier1supplies.com/detail.php?prod_id=78703&criteria=nest+box
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2012
  6. FarmingForFun

    FarmingForFun Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think the mustard should flavor the eggs because once they taste it I don't think they will eat the mustard. I used the mustard trick and could not taste a difference. I hope this helps egg eating is a pretty frustrating.
     
  7. MollyAngel

    MollyAngel Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much everybody! changing the nesting boxes is not a propable excuse, but I'll try the mustard. do you think I should drop it in the run so they all get a taste? then i'll need to give one to the pullets who stay inside.
     
  8. FarmingForFun

    FarmingForFun Out Of The Brooder

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    I think dropping it in the run is the quickest and easiest way for them to all get a taste. Make sure you use a sharp mustard like a dijon! I would also put some in the boxes. You may have to fill a few eggs until it sticks with them, but its worth it if you don't want to kill the chicken. I know egg eating is frustrating so you'll have to update me on weather it worked for your chickens![​IMG]
     
  9. butterrowe

    butterrowe New Egg

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    mustard won't work''''nothing will...you either have to get rid of her,,,or place her in another coop by her self cause if the others get a taste of a egg,,,they will all start eating eggs
     
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  10. FarmingForFun

    FarmingForFun Out Of The Brooder

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    Have you tried dijon mustard in an egg to try to fix this problem with your chickens?
     

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