Hens eating their eggs

Discussion in 'General Chicken Discussion' started by bouie55, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. bouie55

    bouie55 New Member

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    How do I stop my chickens from eating their own eggs
     
  2. fuzziebutt

    fuzziebutt Flocker

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    You can try to put wooden or ceramic eggs in the nest. Let then beat their beaks on those, and they may quit. It's really a hard habit to break.
     

  3. bouie55

    bouie55 New Member

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    I've tried that but they don't always lay in their boxes they have them on the floor a lot and those are the ones they eat
     
  4. thumper347

    thumper347 New Member

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    Had the same problem over the summer. I added some mother of pearl to their feed and they stopped eating the eggs.
     
  5. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    that's good advice, mine will only eat them when they get broken


    i think i would try to train them to only lay in the nest box OP
    lock them in the coop for a couple of weeks & see how it goes
    golfballs in the best boxes can also help


    good luck
     
  6. lbcoats

    lbcoats New Member

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    Oystershell calcium makes the egg shell harder to break but a determined bird needs golf balls or wooden eggs for sure!
     
  7. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    unless they stop they sould go in the pot
    most young hens will not eat eggs but old ones somethimes do
     
  8. kaax

    kaax Junior Member

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    What are you feeding them? Is it possible that they are needing/wanting more protein in the diet?

    You can also try keeping the nests/laying area as dark as possible.

    Collect often.

    Several years ago I was successful breaking them of egg eating by rearranging the coop. I think I just shook things up enough.

    Kaax