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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by flako89, Feb 14, 2013.
how can i prevent my hens from eating egg?
You could blow out a egg and fill it with mustard and cover the holes with clear tape. Chickens don't like the taste of mustard. You can also put fake eggs in the nesting box and on the coop floor so, when they peck at the fake eggs they get no reward and a sore beak.
I have the same problem, going to try that out!
My chickens have no problems eating mustard, spicy peppers or most other things people recommend putting in a blown out egg to discourage egg eating (though I've never had an egg eating problem). Fake eggs would probably work better, or simply collecting the eggs more often. If its a new habit, they may have started it bc their diet is lacking. You could also try a feed with a higher protein content (I feed turkey starter, it somewhere around 22-24% protein, can't remember which. I'd have to check the tag). Boredom may also be a cause. A hanging cabbage or flock block will give them something to peck at besides their eggs. Good luck.
put in a golf ball, the peck it it hurts the beak slightly and they don't get a reward. Makes them disinterested. you might move the pens around too, and make it darker where they lay.
Hey, I just saw this ad on Craigslist - http://flint.craigslist.org/grd/3631613819.html . Sounds like they have a serious problem with egg eaters! Thought I would post it on here in case anyone has an idea and wants to contact them.
They should join this site to get some help. I started out feeding the layer formula from TSC and then switched to a all natural layer formula that is 20% (I think, would need to check the bag) which I think helps them. When I have pullets that arn't laying yet, I put fake eggs in ahead of time and they don't seem interested in eating eggs when they start laying.
I started collecting eggs more often, and crushing the egg shells and giving back to them. Havent had any egg eating for the last month or so!
This is what my sister and i did before that habbit.oyster shell.It makes there shells harder but you can still crack them try it.good luck.