My chicken is eating other chickens eggs what should I do?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickyfuzz, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. chickyfuzz

    chickyfuzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicken is eating other chickens eggs what should I do?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    You may have to cull. It is a very difficult habit to break.

    If you know for sure which one, I would separate her. Give her some fake ceramic eggs she can't break and some plastic easter eggs that snap open and fill them with sand soaked in the hottest hot sauce you can find.
    She may get the idea that eggs are hard to break and aren't worth it if she can.

    At any rate, you have to get her out of there immediately before she teaches the whole flock how good they taste and you have to cull the whole flock.

    ETA

    It usually starts with a thin shelled egg that gets broken accidentally.
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2013
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/six-tips-on-breaking-your-egg-eater

    Here's an article on some approaches. If she is intentionally breaking them open to eat them, it can be difficult to deal with. However, if they're breaking accidentally, maybe from thin shells or being laid in less than desirable places, etc., understand that any chicken will eat any egg that's broken.

    Some old timers routinely throw very poopy eggs on the coop floor to break them, so the hens will eat them, just to make good use of them. They report this does not lead to true "egg eaters," meaning hens that break eggs open in order to eat them.
     
  4. Shabana

    Shabana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Heya
    I agree with the above but also you can try a couple of more things too.
    Make sure where they lay is dark. Hang material or whatever you have around. Their night vision is bad.
    Use the "roll away" slanted nesting boxes so she doesn't get the opportunity.
    Collect eggs regularly as often as you can really and leave the fake ones that she can't break.
    Hope you can stop her. Good luck :)
     

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