I have an egg sucker/breaker....help me find which one is responsible.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by imthedude, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. imthedude

    imthedude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2010
    Hi all.

    Went to gather eggs last night to find that I had four broken eggs in the nest boxes. Not just slightly cracked or even one tiny peck hole. They were demolished with every bit of the yolk/white devoured. I have a flock of 23 birds - 10 layers, 12 pullets with a few of them laying, and 1 rooster. Aside from process of elimination by isolating a couple of birds a day until the egg breaking stops, how can I figure out who is doing the dirty work? I looked for some dried yolk on three birds that I suspected as culprits, but that provided no evidence. Could the rooster be responsible (trying to prevent competition from entering his lair)?

    I put out some more oyster shell last night thinking this might also be a calcium deficiency thing.

    Any help/advice is greatly appreciated. I hate wasting/losing eggs, as I'm sure all of you do too.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

    Feb 20, 2011
    Usually the hen that does it will have yellow on their beak, belly, or feet. That happened to us but then we added more oyster shells which they LOVE! And we only et 1-2 eggs broken each week. Good luck!!
  3. ilovechickens121

    ilovechickens121 New Egg

    Jun 10, 2011
    you should pick your eggs right away but my chickens don't eat their eggs until i allow them to you should make sure their is no rats or possums and if your chickens do eat their eggs put a eeg in front of them and watch who eats them:/
  4. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Might be a snake!!!!!!!


  5. uncle rico

    uncle rico Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Spring Green, WI
    [​IMG] wow!!
  6. momtotnt

    momtotnt Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 20, 2011
    Any particular type snakes eat eggs more than others? Any easy way to determine if that's the culprit?
  7. Billyj

    Billyj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2010
    Gaffney SC
    If there is still egg parts there, I don;t think it is a snake. It usually eats the whole egg. If it reguritates(sp) the shell, it is kinda folded around itself.
  8. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    Northern Kentucky
    In the "Predator and Pests" section right now there is a thread going with pictures of a blue jay flying in and eating the chicken eggs. It might not be your girls at all!

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