My Chickens are Eating there own Eggs!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Herweyer 5, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. Herweyer 5

    Herweyer 5 Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicken have been eating there own eggs,is there a way to make them stop
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC!

    I had this trouble all last year when an older hen starting laying yolks only, unable to put a shell on. Chickens went nuts over all eggs!!

    Here's what I did to stop them. I hung curtains over the nest boxes. This does a few things...it keeps them dark so that after a hen lays an egg, she leaves it alone since she doesn't see it too well...it stops other hens from cruising for eggs on the outside of the boxes....and it creates and atmosphere of quiet. After a short spell, this completely stopped all my egg eating issues.

    Hang some thick curtains over the front of the boxes with just a slit in the center. You may need to pull this open a tad at first until they get used to going in. Once they do, they will figure out how to beak open the slit and get into lay their eggs.

    Also, ALWAYS keep fake eggs in the boxes. Not golf balls and hens are smarter than this, but real looking ceramic eggs. One in each box. This will help in that they are impenetrable. The hens will play with these at first and this is good. This will help to teach them eggs can't be broken into. Collect your eggs as often as possible at first to prevent any more issues or breaking.

    Good luck and I hope you can get this solved soon!!
     
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    TwoCrows gave you the best advice on breaking them of a very bad habit . So I will just say Welcome to Backyard chickens, hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our BYC "flock".

    You've been given some good advice from TwoCrows. Good luck, and I hope you can stop the egg eating!
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family.
     

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