HELP hen eating her egg!!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by maco5, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. maco5

    maco5 In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Tonite was the second egg for one of my hens.
    Not sure which one laid it, but the other egg was laid saturday, and there hasnot been another until tonight.
    I kmnow I didn't get in time, so when I went and looked, she was eating it.
    Is there a way to stop this?
    Maybe it was cracked and that's why she ate it?
    What do I do??

    If the same hen laid this egg, this would be her second, so maybe she is still immature??
  2. redhead83402

    redhead83402 Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    This is what we did for one of our hens that insisted on pecking a hole in her egg. We took three golf balls ( one for each nest box) and painted two of them to the same color as the two different brown eggs, and left one white, as we also have a white egg layer. We did notice, however, that this hens only ever pecked at the brown eggs, never the white ones.

    Anyway, although we have seen some pretty interesting peck marks in those golf balls, we have NOT had anymore brown eggs come up with holes pecked in them.

    Hope this suggestion helps you ~ :-D
  3. maco5

    maco5 In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    thanks redhead!

    I will try the golf ball trick and hope it works!
    I was rading some older posts about egg eating and someone said keeping the coop dark helped.
    My coop is totally in the dark!!!
    So who knows!

    Anyway, I will add the golf ball and cross my fingers!

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