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Hen eating her eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jt673, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. jt673

    jt673 In the Brooder

    Aug 26, 2010
    I just noticed that one of the hens that we inherited with the coop we bought was eating her egg this morning. Is that stress from the coop move? The other NH red one in with her only ate the yolk but not the shell. How can I discourage the one who laid the egg from doing this short of checking the nest boxes every hour in the morning. Some of the flock that they were used to being with were taken out this morning before this happened because it was overcrowded. Is she sressed from that as well? Would that cause her to eat her egg?

    We really would like to keep her and want to calm her down. I also noticed that she had her mouth open and wings drooped a bit from her body after I discovered this and took the egg away. Is she stressed, hot from hormones?? [​IMG]

    Thank you in advance!
  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Crowing

    Apr 19, 2009
    Best thing you can do is cull her. Not only is it a bear to correct an egg eater, she can teach the rest of the flock the bad habit as well.
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    I would give her a chance. It seems to me that most chickens will eat a broken or soft egg without being a regular egg eater. if you know who is doing the eating try to separate her and see how she behaves,

  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    It is possible to break a chicken of egg eating. I have done it. What worked for me was collecting often and rearranging the coop.
    (I was fortunate to be on vacation at the time) I added buckets for nests, and moved things around.
    Other things that people have tried was blowing out eggs and filling them with mustard, horseradish or liquid soap. Or putting fake eggs/golf balls in the nests, to teach them eggs are not so good. The darker the nests the less they seem to peck at the eggs. So some have reported that they have put curtains in front of the nests to darken the area.

    Good luck

  5. jt673

    jt673 In the Brooder

    Aug 26, 2010
    Thank you all for your inputs. I think I will give it a try since it has been stressful for them the last few days with the coop move, getting used to our dog, and now her flock mates being taken out early this morning. Could she be acting out like children do when their "normal" is interrupted.

    I will try frequent checks, and I like the idea of the mustard inside one egg too. If this does not work and/or others start to do it, she will have to be pulled into isolation and I do not want to do that to her.

    Thanks again

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