How to tell if you have an egg eater if you can't be home to watch?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by juliemcummings, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. juliemcummings

    juliemcummings Out Of The Brooder

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    I’m pretty sure I have an egg eater because I have seen a significant drop in the number of eggs I’m getting. The problem is I’m not home during the day to collect the eggs right away. This also means I’m not home to watch and see who is eating the eggs. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Well whaddaya know? I am battling egg-eaters too. Look for dried egg yoke on the beak/neck feathers of your chickens. You can blow out an egg and fill it with mustard so the eaters get a nasty surprise, or clean out the shavings of the nesting boxes so when the eater tries to break it open, it will just role away. Try darkening the nesting boxes too. If all else fails, you can buy/make roll-away boxes - the egg rolls down a chute to a collection bin right after it gets laid.
     

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