Broken Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ventura974, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Ventura974

    Ventura974 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello ya`ll I need help w a problem. My chickens seem to be eating their eggs. I don`t understand why because I keep enough treats for them to pick on like veggies & cabbage heads plus their food bucket stays full. I also started collecting the eggs more often but somehow they still manage to break and eat an egg or two. Any ideas? I hope ya`ll can help.

    Ralph
     
  2. rzimmerer

    rzimmerer Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello Ralph,
    I have this problem too and have done pretty much everything to get them to stop. What seems to be working (somewhat) is advice a hatchery owner told me at a conference recently. He said I needed to break the chickens of their bad habit, which he think started when they accidentally cracked an egg in their early days. H said to trim their beaks with dog nail clipers to get rid of the sharp point/overhang on the top beak. No, this is not de-beaking! I tried trimming just the tips and I had to do it twice because the first time i think I was too nervous to do it right but now after the second time less eggs are cracked and not every day. To be honest I don't know if this is really helping or they are just taking a break from their behavior, and i still check for eggs like 4-5 times /day but I figured you could give this a shot. Just make sure you get someone strong to help you hold the chickens so you can trim the beaks at the right angle.
    Good luck!
     
  3. Ventura974

    Ventura974 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the idea
     
  4. bwahk

    bwahk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive heard it recommended to put wood or egg-like objects in the nest, and they supposedly get discouraged.
     

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