my chickens are eating thier eggs!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jfiregirlie, May 24, 2012.

  1. jfiregirlie

    jfiregirlie Hatching

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    I have 7 hens and 2 (young) roosters. I was just given them as a gift (knowing I wanted chickens, So I wouldnt have to wait for chicks to grow up) Well... everything was good for about 2 weeks. I set them up a nice coop and run with access to the entire property. At first I was collection up to five eggs a day, very regulary, then it was 3 a day, then I found one, I havent picked up an egg in over 4 days, they all have yoke on their beaks, they have everything they could want, lots of food, lots of room. I have 4 different style nesting boxes, different sixes, high/low everything that a chicken could want. What can I do??? (Going to try the golf ball thing latter today)
     
  2. Roosterlover5

    Roosterlover5 Chirping

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    I've heard that if you blow out an egg and put mustard in it they'll stop.Or you could try golf balls,fake easter eggs,or wooden eggs.
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2012
  3. Snowygirl

    Snowygirl Songster

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    Roosterlover5 is right, those seem to work, also just check frequently for eggs. Also you could try giving them a treat of some sort
    to occupy them. I've dealt with egg eating several times before and we just used the tricks above and they stopped. Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  4. kjxoxo1

    kjxoxo1 Chirping

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    I know you hate this as I still have this happen periodically...i have one hen who is sitting on the eggs to Im guessing protect it from the egg eater.....she stays there until I get the eggs around 4 or 5 pm. She is such a sweety...thats the only thing I can think of as to why she is on the nest and when I come she gets up and I give her grass as a treat...I used wooden eggs and it seemed to do the trick for a couple of weeks...I have 12 hens and 3 baby roos about 12-13 weeks old now. i have no idea who the culprit is. I did notice wooden eggs would get moved...one clear across the coop to the other side. This helped for a couple of weeks and then the culprit was back at it. I put out oyster shell calcium but I think i put too much as it was not as fresh after a couple of weeks so I refreshed it and that along with the hen who is watching out...I havent had one gone in about a week. Good luck as I know that is so dissapointing...I was so upset to find my eggs pecked on.
     
  5. ThinkingChickens

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    I found that picking up the eggs more often for a few days made the girls stop doing this. I'm pretty sure they started when their nesting box didn't have enough pine and an egg cracked. So, I also make sure that the nesting boxes are full as well.
     
  6. Roosterlover5

    Roosterlover5 Chirping

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