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Eggs breaking & cracking and my hens are eating the eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cfish, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. cfish

    cfish New Egg

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    I've had my chickens for 2 weeks now, my hens are either cracking or eating the eggs..not sure what to do, calcuim ?
     
  2. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're probably egg eaters. Not good! Figure out which on is doing it and separate her from the flock. It could be several of them. It's contagious I guess you could say.
     
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  3. flytie

    flytie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my experience, and from what others have told me, it's either you have to find some way to get her to stop, or off to the butcher she goes.
    I have little advice but to say seperate her, or hope you get to collect your eggs fast enough.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Howdy from Kansas, cfish, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our flock! Sorry to hear about your eggs being cracked. One other option is to provide with a laying box designed at a slight angle. When the chicken lay the egg it rolls forward into a covered area safe away from pecking. Hope you can solve the problem. Good luck to you!
     
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] It's nasty habbit and very contagious meaning the other hens will end up copying her behavior. I don't know if I've ever read of someone actually curing a hen of doing this.
     
  6. ozarkchicks

    ozarkchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a nest box with a slant is what I've found to work, it hides and protects the egg from the hen, [​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    that works IF the hen actually lays them in the nest box, and not in the run or under a bush, or their other hidey holes. They are devious
     
  8. ozarkchicks

    ozarkchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that's true, for the slanting nest box to work then the hens will have to lay in the nest boxes, luckily I don't have any egg eaters and they lay in their nest boxes
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would go with the nest box that rolls the eggs away from the chicken.
     
  10. Fentressfarmer

    Fentressfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your shells are weak you may want to give them some oyster shell. It helps my girls when the shells start getting weak!
     

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