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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Poultrybonkers, Oct 18, 2011.
Egg eating. Is their a way to stop it?
..get there first!
.. slanted egg-laying boxes to roll egg away after it is laid.
Quote:Mine don't lay in boxes thats the thing they lay on the floor
Oh then it the other chickens eating the eggs. Put the mommy and the eggs in the nesting bow.
Quote:not of my hens are sitting on any they got eaten
Egg eating can be caused by not enough protien in diet. Also you can use a roleaway nest box to fix problem.
Which breed is doing the eating. I never have any trouble except with my Leghorns. I cured my trouble in a permanent way.
Roll away laying boxes are great.
Once a hen gets a bad habit of egg eating, the chances of rehabilitation are slim. There are many, many posts and threads here on the subject. If they eat a dropped or broken egg, chances are that is just instinct and won't result in future issues. But the deliberate egg eater must either be changed or culled.
Not laying in nesting boxes was the initial difficulty in this scenario. Gotta get those pullets laying where they are supposed to be laying. Find out who the egg eater is and get her out of the flock, would be my advice. The habit can be taught to others.
There are a few things you can try.
Filling out blown out eggs with hot mustard, horseradish or liquid soap. The idea is that they won't taste good.
Keeping the nests/coop dark so that they can't see the eggs. Some people have put curtains in front of the nests.
Fake/inedible eggs in the nests.
Pulling the ringleaders out, seperating.
I had success by rearranging things in the coop.
There is limited success with any of these techniques, but might be worth trying.
Best of luck,