They are eating their eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gersbud, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. Gersbud

    Gersbud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do I stop my chickens from eating their own eggs.
    I have 25 chickens and I am lucky to get 2 maybe 3 eggs
    in a day. HELP!![​IMG]
     
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Gersbud, Welcome to BYC. Increase the protein in their diet. Chickens demand alot of protein and simple treats like dry cat food and oil sunflower seeds that are 30% protein will help. Make sure your layer feed has at least 16% protein.

    Darken the nests by hanging material in front with a slit for the hens to enter through.
    Hens that can't see easy eggs to eat don't eat them. Hope this helps, I know it works.

    bigzio
     
  3. Varisha

    Varisha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Question: by "oil sunflower seeds" do you mean black oil sunflower seeds ? (called BOSS in the horse world)
     
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  4. Gersbud

    Gersbud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for your input. Going to go and try that out tonight
     
  5. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, black oil sunflower seeds, or BOSS, also used in the goat world!!

    Marie
     
  6. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you can collect the eggs 2 or 3 times a day.an that will slow them from eating them.unless they eat emm as fast as they are layed.if it dont stop you can cull your egg eaters.
     
  7. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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  8. chasehope

    chasehope Chillin' With My Peeps

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    one of mine was doing that, so they got lots of catfood, hardboiled eggs, and black oil sunflower seeds and she stopped withing 2 days. Good luck, it does work![​IMG]
     
  9. Gersbud

    Gersbud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gave them cat food and changed their feed to a higher protein. Got 4 eggs today.
    There seems to be hope for them yet!:


    Well today is another day and to my surprise I found 6 eggs, 5 brown and 1 aracauna, who haven't layed eggs
    in over 3 weeks. [​IMG][​IMG]

    Thanks all for the help!!!!!![​IMG]
     
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  10. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Gersbud, congrats on the fresh eggs. Close management of the flock is priceless and the rewards taste great too! Glad it's going better.[​IMG]

    bigzio
     

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