Chicken football with a soft shelled egg!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by The Chicken People, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Last night I was looking out the back door and noticed my girls running around playing football with a something! As I ran to check it out, I found that it was a soft shelled egg! Is there any hope for my gals or are they gonna be egg eaters now? The other day I dropped an egg in the coop and as I tried to get it all they ran pecking at it! I poured water on the area as fast as I could! I hope they dont start eating eggs! Ugh! Besides Oyster shell (we have increased it already) is there anything else I should feed to help prevent egg eating?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio

    For strong eggshells, as long as you're feeding your hens a good layer feed, plus providing the oyster shell, you should be good to go. Now, in regards to egg eating, just make sure you collect your eggs at least once a day, or maybe even twice if you can.

    I've had a few eggs break accidentally, and they did eat some, but luckily, they didn't turn into egg eaters. If they do, just put a couple ceramic eggs, or even a few golf balls in the nesting boxes. That usually helps deter them from breaking their own eggs on purpose and eating them.

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