Chicken eating eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rachel1, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. rachel1

    rachel1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a stubborn chicken or two pecking and eating thier eggs...........is there something nutritionally theya re lacking or is it just being pesky?
     
  2. sherylreno

    sherylreno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like protein issues but I've heard once an egg eater always an egg eater. I don't have any egg eaters so I don't know if that's really true.
     
  3. Amfibus

    Amfibus Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the same problem. I don';t know which ones are laying and which ones doing the eating.... HHHHEEEELLLLPPPP :(
     
  4. humpbacks1962

    humpbacks1962 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get some oyster shell from a poultry feed store and leave it out in a dish. See if it is the craving for calcium.

    I never had luck retraining my egg eaters. Had to beat them to it and pick up the eggs quickly
     
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  5. Guinea and Chicken raiser

    Guinea and Chicken raiser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they do eat their own eggs. Sometimes it can get to be a problem. but I haven't had this problem get to the point where it bothers me. Sometimes I feed the chickens raw egg willingly. They suck it up. There is human food a chicken simply refuses to eat. ;)
     
  6. rachel1

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    I am not sold on the "once and egg eater always" theory, I have had some young ones do it in the past and they seemed to have gotten over it but, this is yet another young flock and it been going on for a little bit longer than I like and a cant really catch who it is (37 hens in the house) and it is not a lot, just oneor two here or there, I have just been pulling the beat 'em to it method.........
     
  7. tmoore8595

    tmoore8595 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nest boxes need to be at least 18 inches above the floor of your coop, and lower than the roosts. The boxes also need to be fairly dark inside, maybe covered by a curtain. If the hens can't see the eggs they are not tempted to peck them. Gathering the eggs often might also help.
     
  8. rachel1

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    THe boxes are up off the ground and right now i am gathering several times a day......I will try the other things you mentioned. Also i was told that the Flock Block at tractor supply helps a ton.....so i will try that too.
     

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