Hen not laying in boxes, other hens eating her eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by emaf, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. emaf

    emaf New Egg

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    I have a black copper maran who has decided she prefers to lay eggs on the ground of the roosting area and her last 5 eggs have been pecked and eaten. None of the chickens peck or eat the other eggs, which are light in color.
    1) how do I get her to lay in the boxes again? I have one with a 'roof' and one without, she prefers neither.
    2) even if she lays in the boxes again, I am not sure her dark colored eggs will be safe from pecking since they are now seen as food.
    3) the bloom on her eggs has a cloudy haze on them lately, used to be glossy like in my avatar.

    I know there are many issues at hand here but any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Do you know about what time she lays her egg? Maybe you could put her into one of the boxes and block her in there until she's done.....

    That's the only idea I can think of.....
     

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