Oh no I have an egg eater!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by redhd077, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. redhd077

    redhd077 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    south eastern, ID
    Help! One of my chickens that I hatch this spring has decided she really likes eatting eggs. What can I do to break this bad bad habit? I don't want to get rid of her and I don't eat my chickens. She is super friendly too! Any ideas??
  2. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    Sorry to hear that. And you won't like my answer... We had to dispatch our egg eater.
  3. Lucretia

    Lucretia Out Of The Brooder

    May 16, 2009
    DFW area
    Maybe you could try separating her for a while? If you keep her somewhere where you can see her better, maybe you can snatch any eggs she lays before she gets them. And then the other eggs would be safe, too.

    I wonder if it's a habit that you can break, if you can keep her from doing it for several days?

    Good luck!
  4. humpbacks1962

    humpbacks1962 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2007
    Middletown, CT
    Some say that placing wooden decoy eggs in the nest helps break the habit...
    But once they start you have to separate that chicken from the rest immediately, or there goes your eggs!
  5. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 7, 2010
    CO Rockies - 8600ft up
    Sometimes they really need some extra protein and so they start the egg eating bit. Try feeding her meat scraps and see if that helps any.
  6. redhd077

    redhd077 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    south eastern, ID
    Well Im not 100% sure which hen it is (i have a pretty good idea tho) Also if it was a protein issue whouldn't all of the chickens do it? They all eat the same. I was wondering if they are doing it because they are board. They didn't do it until they had to stay in. ( they are free range, but now that its winter they don't go out) What kind of fun things and i put in their coop to help with the boardom?
  7. Fiddlehead

    Fiddlehead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Western Mass
    Try Pecker Wrecker, just be careful when you google it! My chickens loved it when they were bored last winter.

    I had a hen pecking a hole in her eggs, we just took the eggs ASAP and she stopped doing it with in a week. It started as soon as she started laying again after having 3 chicks. I thought maybe she was looking for more chicks!
  8. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    I've actually heard that you can blow out eggs, and fill them with mustard. Chickens haaaaaaaate mustard. It pecks the egg, gets a mouthful of yuck, and decides eggs are of the devil [​IMG].
  9. redhd077

    redhd077 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    south eastern, ID
    Fiddlehead thanks for that warning! i will look it up. Pele i had hear hot sause. Maybe i will give it a try!
  10. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    Hanging a head of cabbage in the run is a technique to keep them from pecking each other, so maybe that would work for boredom. I'd probably do a quarter or eighth at a time, skewered through with a wire coathanger and hung where they have to work to get at it. My friend was just given a "chicken toy" that is beads on ribbon... we'll see if that works [​IMG]

    Edited to add: Chickens are insensitive to capsaicin so hot sauce probably won't work. Mustard oil is different and from what Pele said, it sounds like they are probably sensitive to that.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2011

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