Chickens eating eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nicksbirds, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. nicksbirds

    nicksbirds Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 15 laying hens. 10 of them are young and the other 5 of them are older. I realized a few days ago that all of them were eating their eggs. I tried mustard in eggs and soap but it doesn't seem to stop them what should i do
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  3. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to our flock! [​IMG] Nasty habit, very hard to break. You could get some fake wooden eggs (not nice on the beak, SURPRISE!) that look real and collect eggs every 15 minutes (kidding) just more often and build or order roll away nest boxes. They can't break 'em if they can't get 'em! A lot of people like that type of nest box. Keeps eggs clean, prevents unwanted brooding and no broken eggs! [​IMG]
     
  4. nicksbirds

    nicksbirds Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks I will have to try it
    Will golf balls work tot just wooden eggs
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    You've received a good links from Kelsie2290! I hope you can stop the egg-eating.
     
  6. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    golf balls will work too.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Egg eaters are a persistent bunch, all it takes is seeing one bird do it and then the whole flock gets involved. Roll away nest boxes are really the best approach - somewhere on here there are instructions for building your own.
    Some folks get so exasperated over this behavior that they either rehome the hens and start over with new birds, or eat them. There are some people who nip it in the bud when caught early. They have curtains covering the entrance to the nest box, so it is dark inside - when the hen can't see the egg, she may leave it alone.
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  10. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. [​IMG]
     

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