Egg eater!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hollywood Chickens, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Florida
    I have 12 hens and for the past few days more and more egg have been found broken and half eaten.

    So how do I find the egg eater and what should I do with her? she broke 5 eggs today!
     
  2. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know the best method, but one that I have seen repeatedly suggested, is to blow out an egg, and refill with hot mustard. Replace it in the nest, and when she pecks into it, the taste should cure her. I guess you could do that with multiple eggs, as she has been breaking numerous eggs per day.
     
  3. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Another idea is the roll away nest box inserts. This will get the eggs away from the offender before she can break them.
     
  4. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Florida
    I have 6 nesting boxes but they still lay in milk crates.

    I like the mustard idea!! we found some droppings in the coop filled with egg white so for now we are just watching to see who is pooping egg white, so far 4 hens are off the list [​IMG]
     
  5. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Florida
    I put a mustard filled egg in the nesting box and I found my best layer with mustard all over her face eating it! she loves mustard!!! [​IMG] and it has to be my best layer!
     
  6. Valley Girl

    Valley Girl Out Of The Brooder

    That's not what I was expecting you to say Hollywood!!! I have an egg eater as well but not sure which one it is [​IMG] We have 25 layers,so unless I'm right there I don't know which one it is.I have started to get the eggs out sooner though because it seems to only happen first thing in the morning.
    I have another 49 new layers that won't be ready for another 8 weeks.....it's going to be interesting. I wonder what else you could put in the blown out egg ....... maybe some dish soap [​IMG] that wouldn't taste good!!
     
  7. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's crazy! I've always heard they hate mustard! I would give the dish soap thing a go, but who knows, you may have a bunch of hens hiccuping bubbles! [​IMG]
     
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  8. vetgirl00us

    vetgirl00us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    vinegar or jalapeno juice
     
  9. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Florida
    I thought it was her, but them I saw her lay an egg and walk out of the nest.

    So now I think I am going to fill an egg with dish soap and blue food coloring so that I can finally find out who it is!!
     
  10. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ooooo, good idea!
     

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