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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kelliepulido, May 1, 2009.

  1. kelliepulido

    kelliepulido Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    st.john's mi
    Wwhy do they do it

  2. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    There are many reasons.

    1. An egg was accidently broken and they learned they taste really good.

    2. Boredom, bored chickens can develop bad habits such as egg eating or feather picking.

    3. They lack sufficient nutrients in their food.

    4. Unknown

    The culprit is usually the one with dried egg yolk down the front.

    I have found that nest boxes raised about 30 inches above the ground has a tendancy to prevent the habit from starting.
    For whatever reason if they are relatively low to the ground hens will get in and scratch around and accidently break an egg and then develop the habit.
    Culling is usually the best way to stop the problem.
  3. kelliepulido

    kelliepulido Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    st.john's mi
    my boxes are 5ft off the ground,is it usually the hens.I was out there sitting watching for quite sometime and looking everyone over don't see any egg on anyone,a couple of leg hrons are scratching and eating straw seeds in the boxes I think they are ones

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