egg eating?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by shangri-lafarms, May 3, 2009.

  1. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How can you tell which hen is eating eggs, I found pieces of eggshell in the nest box this afternoon. i go in several times a day to collect eggs. Thanks
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Spend a day in the coop. LOL

    Seriously... that or a coop cam.
     
  3. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well then what do you do when you catch them doing it ?
     
  4. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens learn by imitation. Your egg eater will teach the others to do the same. Get rid of her as fast as you can.
     
  5. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Oh I just caught a hen doing this the other day in my buff silkie pen, and I was FURIOUS! I would have snapped her head if she weren't one of the best birds. I can't prove its her though just yet. I dont know what I'll do when I find the actual culprit.
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    You might get lucky and catch one with egg on its beak. But if you let it go very long they will learn the behavior from others and all start doing it. It is not an easy habit to break. Some have luck with replacing eggs several times daily with things like golf balls, and the hen gives up when she can't break the golf ball. One good solution is change to rollaway nests, with a slanted floor so the egg rolls out of reach. There are plans on here for them. Some people end up culling the flock. If you do identify one culprit, separate her.
     
  7. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    I'm losing 2 eggs a day to an egg eater. When I find the hen that is doing it I will be making soup.
     
  8. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:me too
     
  9. kelliepulido

    kelliepulido Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well I have one doing it too.I think it was Steve who suggested darkening the coop,or the nesting area,offering higher protien food,osyster shell seperately to make the eggs harder to break.Today and yesterday no eggs ate or broke so I hope maybe we are on to something.I need more golf balls though.
     
  10. GoldenSilverLaced

    GoldenSilverLaced Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would painting some sacrificial eggs with a nasty-tasting (but harmless) substance work? Like whatever is used to keep chickens from picking at wounds?
     

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