EGG EATER!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicken Girl, May 1, 2009.

  1. Chicken Girl

    Chicken Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh NO! I never thought this was going to happen! What do i do!? Pleas HELP!!! I know who the egg eater is. I walked in the coop and she had egg all over her face!!! She is not trying to hard to hide it! LOL Should we eat her!


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  2. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
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    Heat up the pot.
     
  3. Lazyhead

    Lazyhead Out Of The Brooder

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    Once they start they do not stop.
     
  4. Mikeeeeeeeeee

    Mikeeeeeeeeee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dumplings + hen = good eats.
     
  5. Chicken Girl

    Chicken Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So there is no way to stop it? My mom is not with the chickens all the time like i am and she said we have to eat her now! I was all like well lets post first and see. Well what do ya know, she was right!


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  6. kelliepulido

    kelliepulido Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
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    Help!! I have the same problem but don't know who it is I have been watching what can I do..I am sick over this?[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  7. chasitypearl

    chasitypearl Out Of The Brooder

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    i also have an egg eater she makes mo so mad i collect my eggs i a little bucket each day and just soon as i sat it down i caught her she ran right over to the bucket and cracked one open while i was standing there i scolded her than grabbed the rest of the eggs naughty girl i was thinking of killing her but hopes it could be fixed but each day since than i find a couple eggs with the top half off and empty very upsetting
     
  8. Chicken Girl

    Chicken Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is so not fare! We feed them and free rent. All they have to do is lay eggs! And what do they do? They EAT THEM!!! Mine is a leghorn what breed are yours?

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  9. GoldenSilverLaced

    GoldenSilverLaced Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,

    Our girls (a Silver Laced Wyandotte and a Golden Buff) started eating eggs maybe 2-3 months ago; it was an accident that one broke and before we could clean it up the Golden Buff had her face in it. It wasn't a serious problem until about a month ago -- we started losing almost 75% of our eggs (the Golden Buff lays beautiful large/extra-large eggs every single day and the Wyandotte lays about 5-6 medium eggs every week...so 75% is a lot of eggs). Accidentally, one night we left the door to their coop open (we have an enclosed pen with a coop that has a sliding door that we manually put in place every night when they were ready to sleep...it gets cold where we live so the door was to keep wind from freezing the girls during winter). Amazingly the next morning both eggs were untouched! Ever since then we have been leaving the door off of the coop, and we have been able to collect every single egg (except one) that they have laid. We are "new" chicken owners (we got the girls as day-old chicks last June) and can only surmise that the girls were frustrated by being penned into their coop into the "late" morning (between 8-10 am...usually they are freed around 8-9 am) and took out that frustration by eating their eggs.

    Has anyone else had experience with this? I haven't found any other cases where the hens were acting out by eating eggs, where something as simple as leaving the door open was enough to stop it.

    The point of the story is that you might not have to cull your flock -- maybe that chicken is unhappy about something that could easily be fixed. Personally I am very attached to the girls and would rather have them eat some eggs than cull them...but I realize not everyone feels this way about their girls.

    Good luck, and I hope this helped. This is my first post, and I registered because I read this post and felt that I could help by sharing our experiences. [​IMG]
     
  10. spotsplus

    spotsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found that if I left my coop open 99% of the time the hens leave them alone. Mine started when an egg accidentally cracked. The hen (a very clever Wyandotte) learned to push eggs out of the nest and drop to the floor to break it. Then her buddy decided to try it and will eat a broken egg in a minute. Now all three of my hens will run to a broken egg. Luckily they don't break them themselves anymore. They stopped doing that when spring came around and I started leaving the coop open all the time.

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