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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Tony Arriaga, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. Tony Arriaga

    Tony Arriaga Hatching

    Mar 28, 2016
    Hello my name is Tony and I have 6 chicken they start eating their eggs. What can I do about this issue??
    . thank you all

  2. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 14, 2010
    Hardy Township, OH
    [​IMG] I never had that issue,so I'm not certain. Good luck!
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Tony and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I'd suggesting typing "Egg eating" in the search box and seeing what pops up.

    All the best
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Tony. Egg eating is a hard habit to break. Some folks rehome their flock and just start over because if one is an egg eater the others will do the same. Some people get what are called "roll away nest boxes,". The egg rolls to another level and the hens may not see it.
  6. birdfreak1831

    birdfreak1831 In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2013
    Interesting topic, especially since I am puzzled about it myself. However, my situation doesn`t quite fit with others` experiences.

    I was gifted with two old ladies and one teenage rooster six weeks ago.
    Am delighted they like living together and with me. They are delightful little birds.
    During these last six weeks we had two incidents of egg eating. I wasn`t expecting eggs from the sweet old ladies. But it turned out one of them lays two or three eggs a week, some of them shaped perfectly round [never saw a round egg before].
    A month ago one of the eggs was eaten inside the coop - kind of a mess to clean up.
    I started checking the coop for eggs and removing them. One day the hen who lays the eggs started pecking one open after I put it on the ground outside of the coop. The other hen and the cockerel joined in, and I watched in fascination as they ate the egg`s insides and some of the shell together.
    Since that day I always put an egg on the ground to see if the chickens want to eat it, then if they don`t, I take it. They get first pick.
    A week ago all three "ganged up" on an egg on the ground, pecking at it enthusiastically. They weren`t able to break it as before and lost interest in it.

    I have no idea why they were able to peck one egg open to eat it but not another one....
    I suspect they need it`s nutritional contents, the two hens at least, but that`s only my take on it.
    Would be interested in hearing others` opinions.
    What I do now is preparing eggs for the little ones to eat - I have boiled them and chopped them up or scrambled them, and they like to eat them both ways.

    But I don`t think "killing" three eggs over a six-week period is a persistent problem.


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