Good Morning! I'm writing on behalf of good friends who have kept dual purpose chickens for several years as a source of eggs and meat. My friends have recently had a major problem with egg eating. As soon as an egg is laid, it is broken open and consumed. Mostly it is the yolk that is consumed, and the whites and shells are left strewn about. Recently (this Fall), the flock has taken to pecking, killing and eating themselves. I suspect that this is a combination of diet (low protein) as well as unintended neglect (recent chronic medical problems make it difficult for them to tend to their flock like they used to). They've asked me what there is to be done, and I've supplied them with the usual list (increase protein, feed regularly, put golf balls in the nest) in addition to recommending cull, cull, cull. They are reluctant on this last, but I think that the added work needed to cull is something that they simply can't undertake right now, not because they are opposed but because of their situation. Basically, they would first like to see if it is possible to address the problem without culling. So, there's the scenario. Now, the question, and it's a multipart question: Have you dealt with these issues, if so what did you do and, are there suggestions beyond those I've made which might be of help? Thanks for any and all insight. P.S. I've also recommended a game cam to help determine if a predator is somehow involved.