What's the deal?

dfunnyfarm

Songster
11 Years
Apr 2, 2008
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All the sudden I'm not getting eggs, and I figured out why today. The hens are pecking them and eating them. Why are they doing this? Nothing has changed. I feed them the same. Egg crumbles and oyster shells. They do get the table scraps also. Any advice?
 

ChicknThief

Songster
12 Years
Jan 12, 2008
1,802
6
183
Nor Cal
Many people have solved this problem by blowing out an egg, and filling it with something nasty like hot mustard, or something of the like. Put that in the nestingbox and let them have a go at the loaded egg. See if this helps any.
 

Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
16,317
70
331
Kansas~50+ yrs of chickens
Once that habit starts it's very hard to get it to stop. I've heard of some people putting golf balls in the nest so when they peck it it's not a pleasant experiance.
 

countrygirl4513

Songster
12 Years
Apr 14, 2007
794
2
171
Portland TN
Try to watch the time of day they are going to the nest boxes and snatch up those eggs. My girls always shout it from the mountain tops when they've laid an egg. Mine always lay in the afternoon, they take turns laying cuz they all like to use the same box. But I can usually set my watch by the way they lay. Good luck!
 

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