My new hens are eating their eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TarheelBirdy, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Got six new hens from a friend who was cleaning out their commercial laying house. Put them in the coop and were getting no eggs. So, I put a camera in the coop and see that they are eating the eggs! We are so baffled, because after they eat them, there is absolutely NOTHING left. NOTHING.

    HELP! What's your advice?? I've never experienced this before.
  2. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Songster

    Mar 14, 2011
    er.... maybe one of those nest boxes where the egg rolls out of the box to a place that is not accessible to the hen? I've seen descriptions and plans on this forum somewhere!
  3. Cool! Never heard of that, so thank you! I'll look into it.
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  5. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Midwest City
    Get some oyster shell to give them. It sounds like they are calcium deficient. Our BOs that we bought a few months ate a few of their eggs, but after giving them a free choice supply of oyster shell, they haven't eaten anymore eggs.
  6. gettinaclue

    gettinaclue Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    I had a similar problem.

    I would go to collect my eggs and find they had been "tasted" I put the wooden eggs in there with them. They stopped "tasting" the eggs they laid.

    After a while it began again, but this time, there was actual eatting going on instead of the peck of "tasting". I found out which one was doing it, isolated her with 3 wooden eggs for about a week. I made sure to collect her eggs as soon as a possibly could to make sure she couldn't eat it - checking several times a day for it.

    I never had a problem after that.

    I don't know what to tell you about all of them doing it though. Isolating would be a rather moot point. I say, just throw some wooden eggs in the nest boxes and try to get their eggs asap.

    Good luck.
  7. akcharlie1960

    akcharlie1960 Songster

    Aug 23, 2010
    Chugiak, Alaska
    Blow an egg out of it's shell and fill with mustard then put it back in the nest. They hate mustard and learn quick. I read this on here a while back.

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