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Not sure, but I think my chickies may be eating their eggs.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickies2, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. Chickies2

    Chickies2 In the Brooder

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    I have found evidence of a soft substance, egg shell color, leftover. They are laying 1 or 2 every other day. Why? They also scratch all the pine shavings away before they lay. I can't keep enough in there. Why? Thanks
     

  2. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

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    Check out this site, not the best source IMO but it seems like good advice: http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Chickens-from-Eating-Their-Own-Eggs

    1) Line the nesting box with something soft so the egg won't break.
    - If they keep scratching out the pine bedding then the egg might break as it hits the bottom of the nesting box.

    2) Egg eating can occur when there is too much light or not enough litter in the box

    3) Putting golf balls in the nest might help as well, the chickens will peck them and realize they won't break
     
  3. Chickies2

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    Excellent, thanks a bunch. I'll let you know how it works out.
     
  4. lazy gardener

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    I'm guessing that they're laying the occasionall shell-less or rubber egg. When this happens, they pounce on them like they're candy. Are you finding an empty membrane?
     
  5. ChirpyChicks1

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    Good please do! I've only done a bit of research but it appears that you have to nip it in the butt quickly or it might be impossible to break the habit. Wishing you the best!
     
  6. Chickies2

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    I think so. It appears like it's been chewed up and spit out.
     

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