Slight Problem: Egg Eating

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by SED, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. SED

    SED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 Bourbon Red Hens and Two Bourbon Red Toms in a 12'X18' pen along with Two Black Australorp Hens. The Turkeys have been laying for about a month now and I have been getting around 3-4 turkey eggs per day. About two or three days ago I noticed one of the Black Australorp hens running around being chased by the other birds and she had an egg shell in her mouth. I saw it again yesterday and have noticed two older eggs that I marked and put in their nest box was missing. I am also only getting 2-3 eggs per day now. I think that I have an egg eater on my hands. Do turkeys normally do this or do you think it is one of my BA hens doing this? If it is a turkey hen, how can I stop it? Should I separate them into trios? I have the BA hens sold so they will be leaving within the next week so I am hoping this will fix the problem. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
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    I'm thinking it's probably the BAs. Guess you will find out pretty soon when you get rid of them.
     
  3. SED

    SED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yep, and I am looking forward to it too!
     
  4. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Turkeys don't normally eat eggs how ever they have the instinct to remove broken eggs from the nest and carry them away. When a wild turkey sits on a nest they don't want to give any extra smells to call in predators.

    Steve
     
  5. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    look for your fattest shiniest hen . . . you will find your egg eater.
     
  6. sawmane1

    sawmane1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]Blow an egg fill it with strong mustard and let her eat it do this a cuple of times and your prob. solved! To blow an egg poke a hole thru both sides and break up the yolk the blow the inerds out!
     
  7. butch

    butch Out Of The Brooder

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    I think it's the BA that are eating those eggs, but I would put some wooden eggs in the nest so that they will learn that they can't break eggs.
     

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