Egg eating can't be stopped

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hot Chick, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Hot Chick

    Hot Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I tried the hollowing out technique with soap and with mustard turns out they love mustard and they don't care if there's soap
     
  2. Hot Chick

    Hot Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I need help
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Be sure they have plenty of extra calcium to eat free choice. Give them plenty of extra ANIMAL protein. Gather the eggs as often as you can. I'm betting that when the weather warms up, they'll stop this annoying habit.
     
  4. SunkenRoadFarms

    SunkenRoadFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This may sound gross, but I read in another egg eating thread of a member putting chicken droppings in an egg, since that's one thing they won't eat. Sorry, I can't remember if it worked!
     
  5. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens will eat a broken egg or they will eat eggs if it gets severely cold outside like negative 10 or colder, when it warms up they stop unless one breaks then they'll eat it
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How many birds?
    How much space(feet by feet) in coop?
    What and how exactly are you feeding them?

    Crowding and lack of protein can be a problem.
    If the eggs are thin shelled and get stepped on and break those eggs are fair game to be eaten.
     
  7. Hot Chick

    Hot Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    12 birds about 20X20 run and they get plenty of food from table scraps old fruits vegetables cracked corn and oyster shell
     
  8. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those sorts of foods probably don't offer a whole lot of proteins and maybe even fats, that could be the problem especially in colder weather, I don't know what your weather is like but the cold makes mine eat more eggs, it doesn't bother me I figure if they need it they need it.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What about coop size?

    Ditto blucoondawg.

    If you're not feeding a feed that is nutritionally balanced for chickens,
    then they are probably not getting the minerals, vitamins, amino acids, ect that they need
    and are craving it so are eating whatever they can their little beaks into.
     
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