GOOSE eating chicken eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hicktownmom, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. hicktownmom

    hicktownmom Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2009
    East of Bend, Oregon
    I have been trying to figure out what has been happening to my chicken eggs. I am pretty convinced that my geese are eating them. Now that I have the culprit...what do I do? They share the coop and the nesting boxes are on the floor so that the geese can access them for laying. I could add higher boxes, but my hens may still lay in the low ones.

  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I would get the higher nesting boxes. The geese probably started eating the eggs when they stepped on one/some, broke them accidentally, and realized that they were yummy goodness wrapped up in a fragile shell. It probably started out as an accident, but has graduated to a taste preference. It's a bad habit and hard to break once established. Higher nesting boxes or roll-away nesting boxes are the only two really good methods of stopping this. Opa, a fellow BYCer has some good plans for roll-away nesting boxes. A quick search through the archives should yield some results for plans.

    The only other way I know of to deal with this problem is by culling the egg eaters. A bit drastic when some alteration of the nesting boxes may give the same desired effect.

    Good luck.

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