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what tastes bad to chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickNjake, May 13, 2009.

  1. chickNjake

    chickNjake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have discovered that the expensive Cochins I bought recently has an egg eater in the bunch.
    So far all I've done is put a whole bunch of fake eggs in there to attempt to fool them, but what I'm wondering is there something I can put an egg that will taste just bad enough to them for them to find them unappealing?

    not something so bad it hurts them; just bad taste.

    Thanks!! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2009
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Mine hate slugs.
     
  3. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Egg layer or egg eater ?
     
  4. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

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    I have a few who hate bugs. They just plain hate them [​IMG]
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    chickNjake,
    Do you mean egg eater?

    if so see below:

    I had this same problem last December with new laying pullets. I was able to break them from egg eating by rearranging the coop to shake things up. Adding 5 gallon buckets as nests. Putting golf balls and stone eggs in the nests. And collecting as often as I could. It was fortunate that I was on vacation at the time. Others have suggested filling blown out eggs with mustard or horseradish. And adding more protein or calcium to their diet. Also I have heard of people adding curtains in front of the nests so the eggs weren't so visible and it is darker in the nests. Good Luck.

    Imp- if not ignore me
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I am wondering too if you mean egg layer or egg eater? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Artificial grape flavor - like cheap soda or grape kool-aid. Chickens react to artificial grape the same as mammals react to hot pepper.
     
  8. chickNjake

    chickNjake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I mean egg eater!! [​IMG]
    thank you, I was on the computer WAY too long [​IMG]
    and thank you, I'll be trying to create some strange, grape-mustard-horseraddish egg! this shall be interesting. [​IMG]
     

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