Egg Eating

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rollo4, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. rollo4

    rollo4 Out Of The Brooder

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    I know this question has been asked before:
    The last 4-5 eggs laid have been eaten by my chickens. I don't know which one(s) is/are the guilty one since I have 3 chickens. I don't have the time to stand around to catch the culprit and if I did I probably wouldn't. I've read that the eat them when stressed. Well, what constitutes stress, esp. among my chickens. Not much has changed since I got them 7 months ago. I've read that FORCO chicken feed supplement will work. Not easy to find in my area (San Mateo, CA) and when inquired, the response was "I doubt it". Any other suggestions or insight is well appreciated. I know they don't lay much in winter months so the few I get are like gold.
     
  2. liljunie

    liljunie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure it is the chickens? I found my cocker spaniel in the chicken coop one day and finally figured out where the eggs were going![​IMG]
     
  3. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Had the same issue with my retriever ... Couldn't figure out why all of a sudden I wasn't getting eggs, went out one day and found shells and was ready to cull the whole lot...Next day happened to be standing at the kitchen window and saw him jump the fence, watched him and he went strait to the coop and came out all the hens stood around and when he went back in the hens attacked whatever was on the ground, ran out and caught him dead to rights with an egg in his mouth.. He would break them, slurp up all that eggy goodness and leave the shells for the Hens
     
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  4. liljunie

    liljunie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am glad I am not the only one!! At least my dogs get along with the chickens. I have mastiff also[​IMG]
     
  5. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Had to get rid of the dog, after the eggs he went after my hens, killed three of them :(
     
  6. I'm surprised he didn't go for the chickens first, that's what mine did :/
     
  7. liljunie

    liljunie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dogs are more interested in the poo and the feed!
     
  8. rollo4

    rollo4 Out Of The Brooder

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    The shell is the only thing that's eaten; yoke and whites (?) in a puddle. I don't have a dog but a few wild squirrels have been around for a longer time then the chickens. I doubt they are slipping through the 1" chicken wire and they are not the hole boring type.
    Any other suggestions?
     

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