chickens eating there eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by IWantATurbo, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. IWantATurbo

    IWantATurbo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    May 19, 2010
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    i have 19 chickens and no eggs!!! they have to be eating them. i took a couple eggs i had and put them in the pen and they are gone now!!

    how do i make them stop???
     
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    Unfortunately, once chickens begin eating their own eggs, in most cases they can't be stopped.
    The first thing you can do is hardening eggshells. Top up calcium, make sure water is always clean (algae interferes with nutrient absorption including calcium), and worm if necessary. Also Vitamin D supplements sometimes help if the hens are away from sunlight.
    Make sure you have other source of calcium that they can eat if they want it (and not their shells)

    With this, there still is the issue of breaking the habit, and like I said B4 , most of the times, once they start they will not stop [​IMG] There are those who put in "roll away" nest boxes so that after the egg is laid, it will roll to the back of the next box and the hens can't get to it. And if they cannot get to it, they cannot eat them.
    Hope this helps a little bit.
    Best Wishes, and God Bless,
    Laura
     
  3. IWantATurbo

    IWantATurbo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you for the info! i will start on roll away boxes tomorrow! they get lots of sun and water is clean.
     

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