Chickens eating there eggs!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickanddoglvr, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. chickanddoglvr

    chickanddoglvr Out Of The Brooder

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    I thought that they just stopped laying for some reason and then i sall them eat a couple eggs!!! I have no idea what to do. They are laying eggs regularly but they just eat them. 4 golden comets. Anything
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  2. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once they start eating eggs, it's hard to break. Just make sure you check often and collect asap.
     
  3. alaskachick

    alaskachick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be sure to provide one nest for every four chickens. Overcrowding sometimes causes egg eating. Find the egg eater as she will get the other hens to join in with her. Collect eggs more frequently. Here is one way to break their habit... scramble one egg till foamy... add 2 tsps of black pepper and pour it on the coop floor near where the egg eating is going on. Take the two shell halves of the egg you scrambled and set them close together to resemble a whole egg in the middle. The egg eaters will be surprised by the horrible taste and come to associate eggs with that taste. I hope this works for you, I know farmers who said it worked great.
     
  4. andythescot

    andythescot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you blow an egg, drain the yolk and whites, you can then put a very strong mustard in there. Once the chickens get that mustard... they won't even want to LOOK at an egg!
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I suspect that the only thing that will work at this stage is building them a rollaway nest. You can try golf balls, an egg blown out and filled with mustard, and such.
     
  6. prov31gal

    prov31gal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    only 1 sure fire cure for egg eating hens...............................dumplings, and about 5 hours on your crock pots low setting.
    but seriouly, once a hen gets a taste for eggs, there isnt much you caN DO.[​IMG] SORRY
     
  7. Maryallison

    Maryallison Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the roll away nest was a great idea! [​IMG]
     
  8. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I read somewhere (can't remember where) one thing that worked was to blow out an egg and fill it will something mixed with "apple bitter," found in the equine section. I have not personally tried this, as I have not yet experienced egg eating.

    Chickens taste buds (or whatever they have) are different than humans (of course) .... they do not taste "hot," like mustard, chili pepper, etc. None of that stuff works, because they will still eat it.
     

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