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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hamzaahvalli, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. hamzaahvalli

    hamzaahvalli In the Brooder

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    Hi,I used to let my chickens free range but now kept them in a coop since 1 year.but after stopping free range,they no longer get broody and eat their eggs.I filled an egg with hot chilly sauce that's I myself can't bear but their still ate it.I removed the egg laying hen from the coop hoping it will become broody due to privacy and availability of space.how can I prevent the egg eating and get them broody
     
  2. 20736

    20736 Songster

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    Activity like egg eating and feather picking can be indicators of overcrowding.
    Could that be an issue with your birds?
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! Hens go broody on their own schedule, there is no way to make them go broody. There is a nesting box called a roll away box, it's on an incline so when the egg is laid it rolls away from the chicken preventing them from eating the egg. I would post in this thread for more information: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/18/chicken-behaviors-and-egglaying good luck to you!
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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  5. hamzaahvalli

    hamzaahvalli In the Brooder

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    Thank you very much.I don't think overcrowding is a suspect,we only have 6 chickens but thanks for the thought
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 9 Years

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    Maybe they are just bored after the wild life of free ranging. Do you have an area in their run where they can dust bathe? You could hang up a head of cabbage so they can peck at it and amuse themselves. If the run is large enough give them a few different items they can explore - like a little chair or stool they could perch on, or a large branch they could use as a daytime roost. For a special treat you could get some crickets at a pet shop and turn them loose in front of the chickens - they would get the chickens to exercise and to use hunting skills .
     
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    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  9. hamzaahvalli

    hamzaahvalli In the Brooder

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    Will debeaking work
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    If you're thinking of debeaking, IMO you have a serious management issue. You say you only have 6 birds, how much space do you have? Debeaking may stop them from eating so many eggs, but probably won't stop them from breaking them, and definitely won't make them go broody.
     

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