chickens eating their eggs! HELP

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by casteaver, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. casteaver

    casteaver New Egg

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    We have 4 1.5 yr old birds. We just moved and during the move one of them layed an egg and we were unable to retrieve it in time. They ate it and now 2 days later they have eaten 4 eggs. I only managed to get one egg before the "now canibal" birds discovered it. I have been checking often for eggs to try to discourage this behavior but they lay at odd hours and I have so far been unsuccessful. Any help or advice is GREATLY appreciated!!!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I would sit in the coop for several hours or use a camera to see who is doing it. If it is a HARD shelled egg she is eating, cull her. If it is a soft-shelled egg, then you might have a chance here. Try to give oyster shells and you might have to mix them in the food a little. Those soft shelled eggs will get eaten- there is no way around it.

    Some have had success filling the egg with unsavory liquids like mustard or soap???? I am not sure. If you are very attached to your chicken you might try to rehabilitate her- best to separate her immediately so she doesn't teach the others.

    But it spreads like wildfire in a flock, and it usually starts with just one culprit.

    Another option is to sell the whole flock at auction and start over if you cannot stop the behavior.

    If you will, search BYC for "egg eating soap mustard." Or "filled egg."

    Ahhhh- I agree with flockwatcher- rollaway nests!!! (Edited to add.)
     
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  4. casteaver

    casteaver New Egg

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    Thanks! I will check out the links. A friend just gave me the advice of putting in wooden eggs or golf balls to curb the eating as well. I think I will try it all. The eggs are hard and not soft also. Your help is appreciated![​IMG]
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Oh you definitely need to put some golf balls in there. That is supposed to prevent egg eating. They peck at them and see there is no fun to be had. I hope it all works out for you and your girls!!!
     
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  6. six_eclectic_chickens

    six_eclectic_chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Golf balls is a good idea but try this. There is liquid you can buy that tastes and smells terrible. It is meant to stop chickens from pecking each other but it will work for this. Smear some on an egg, then put it in the coop for your cannibals. The taste and smell should stop them.
     

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