Why are my hens...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ILuvMyPetChickens, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. ILuvMyPetChickens

    ILuvMyPetChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why are my hens eating eggs? I don't understand.
     
  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    i dont know but try getting the eggs often have soft nesting in for them so the eggs dont break. you may have one breaking the egg and the rest will join in good luck
     
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Because they know a good thing when they see it....but this does not mean you have "egg-eaters". As suggested, you may be having soft-shelled eggs that become easily crushed when other hens climb into the nest to lay, which they will promptly clean right up if they see the break and leakage.

    I've fed my gals dirty and busted eggs for years and they have never developed into egg-eaters....but they do eat eggs when I give them or they find a broken egg. Check your egg shells for thin walls, provide supplemental OS and remember that during this time of year the egg-laying can get a little funky and you might see odd shaped, soft shelled, no shells, extra calcium deposits on the shells, etc. in your eggs. Birds are molting and a lot of their nutrition is needed for regrowth of feathers.
     
  4. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

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    Try these things..... increase their protein. Give them hamburger or fish of some sort daily for a week and see if that helps. (I switched from 16% to 20% layer pellet.) Make sure they have free choice oyster shell just in case the shells are getting thin and are easier to break. Put fake eggs in the nesting boxes and collect eggs often. Make sure the nesting boxes are nice and padded so the eggs don't crack when they are laid. You can put a Flock Block out just in case it is boredom. Some have good luck with spiking the eggs with various tastes and spicy stuff although I have never done that. My egg eating was due to the protein issue and so now I feed the higher %. No more problems in my flock. Good Luck!
     

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