chickens pecking eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sdmotherhen, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. sdmotherhen

    sdmotherhen Out Of The Brooder

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    How do I get my chicken(s) to stop pecking the eggs they lay?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have read some fill the eggs with mustard because they don't like the taste (poke tiny hole(s) in egg and use needle/syringe to empty and fill).

    Also make sure you have fake eggs or golf balls in the nests. That is supposed to help, too.

    Last resort, cull. It is a bad habit and spreads like wildfire through the flock. If they are laying soft-shelled or shell-less eggs, they WILL eat them and shouldn't be culled. My chickens do this if there is a soft one OR if they lay on the floor and it breaks open.

    Here is a chart that describes causes of soft-shelled eggs.
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps020

    Don't cull too quickly though. Once I had a chicken that I was certain was in the habit, separated her with some of her buddies, and then she stopped it. I put her back in and she never did it again from what I could tell.
     
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2012

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