egg eaters

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hatchegg, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. Hatchegg

    Hatchegg New Egg

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    got 8 Barred Rocks and only getting 2-3 eggs a day.
    found that they where eating there eggs so i purchased wooden eggs in hopes of them pecking the wood to stop them from pecking the eggs...it didn't work...so then i blow out some eggs & filled with mustard put in the nest..eat them also !! then i blow out some more and filled with a mix of mustard & hot sauce ( 1000 scofield) unbelievable but that didn't work. i know its winter and they slow down but not down to 3 eggs a day out of 8 hens.
    got 4 nesting box , fresh/clean water daily. 8 foot X 8 foot X 6feet high coop (plenty of room). 10' X 20' foot fenced in run. and feeding extra egg feed from Poulan co.
    i don't see any sign of egg eating but no increase in egg production.
    I AM @ A LOSS !! any help ???

    Thank you
    Hatch egg farm
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    There may be one or more culprits. If you could find a way to isolate one hen at a time and record the number of eggs, you may find the culprits. As for what to do with them after you've identified them is up to you cos it seems you've tried to stop it already.

    Best of luck

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  3. gamefowl-layers

    gamefowl-layers Out Of The Brooder

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    What I suggest you do is feed them oyster shells. I feed it to my gamefowl and it always works good. Something else I would do is let them roam free. (Cut their wings if they'll fly away. Don't worry, it's harmless).
     
  4. Chickenmanjim7

    Chickenmanjim7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had this problem kind. offered oyster shell in a hopper style feeder and treated them to meal worms regulary and it stopped
     
  5. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never done it, but I imagine if you blow an egg, and fill with a heavy concentrate of food dye, you'll find your culprit pretty quick.
     
  6. MarcyR1011

    MarcyR1011 Out Of The Brooder

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    I had this problem and put several golf balls in each best. Also have them oyster shells to make the shells harder. Unless you're supplementing their light so they get 12-14 hours a day your egg production will go down because the hours of daylight aren't enough right now. Hope this helps! :)
     
  7. Hatchegg

    Hatchegg New Egg

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    MarcyR1011, did the oyster shells & the light comes on @ 3am. but Thank you for your suggestion
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    BBQJOE. i will try the food dye...Thank you
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    Chickenmanjim7, meal worms cost alot!!! i guess i have to stop being cheep....Thanks.
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    Gamefowl-layers, cant let them run free they end up in neighbors flower beds :) and i have to live here...lol. chicken have 2 10 x 10 dog kennels (tied together) to roam in.
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    CT Ken, going to try the food dye 1st then if that dont work then i will isolate one hen at a time.Thank you for your suggestion.

    Thank you from ;
    (trying to be) Hatch egg fram
     
  8. aknck525

    aknck525 New Egg

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    I had this problem too. I kept finding leftover shells and yolk on one of my girls beaks. If you're sure they're eating eggs I read that sometimes they'll eat eggs if they're lacking protein, bored, or they discover that eggs are tasty after one gets accidentally broken. Oyster shells helped make their shells stronger. I gave them higher protein treats and put plastic easter eggs and eggs made of chalk in the coop. (she hated that) Then she started to stalk hens that were laying. I had to let her free range (until the others were done laying each day) for a few days. After that she stopped. Good luck!
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How old are these birds?
    How long have you had them?
    Were you getting more eggs before and if so, when did the egg count drop?

    What is the protein level of the feed?
    What other foods are you giving?
    How are you keeping your water from freezing?
     
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  10. Hatchegg

    Hatchegg New Egg

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    5 are almost 2 &. 3 are 10 months.
    The egg count dropped off about 4 month ago and yes was getting more eggs before.
    Not giving any outher food . Stopped thinking that was the problem.
    Don't now the protein, it layer pellets from poulan grain company.tried Blueseal & Purina.
    Keep the water from freezing by using a light bulb in a cinder block under the water feeder
     
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