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Chickens Eating Eggs
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Mike    Posted 04-05-2001 at 04:03:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for all the messages, I plan to keep an eye out for the offending egg eater, darken the nesting area and I might try to put some of them plastic Easter eggs in some of the bottom nests as a decoy, maybe it will tire out the offender trying to pick at the plastic eggs and not getting anywhere, to eventually give up.

I think that light does play a part, I have two white egg-laying hens out of 15, seen them on the nest several times, but haven't gotten a white egg for several weeks, most likely as has been previously posted, they can see the white eggs in the nest much better than the brown eggs.

I'll let you know the results after this weekend.

Thanks for all your advice.

Mike


chief613    Posted 04-06-2001 at 18:17:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I didnt read ur ealier post. We used to have a problem of hens peckin eggs...........we used to fill the pecked eggs with tobasco. This had fair results.......plus we got buffalo wings out of it too


shawn    Posted 04-05-2001 at 18:52:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use to have that problem until I talked to my grandmother she said to put golf balls in the nest.They think the ball is an egg and go for it and boy do they get a suprise.I left the balls in there for a few weeks and they stoped.


mugsy3    Posted 04-05-2001 at 17:14:52       [Reply]  [No Email]

Hi Mike,
I read your previous post about chickens eating eggs but didn't reply there. This type of nesting box may be a solution for those who have hens that are egg eaters. Since this nesting box uses astroturf, hens used to natural bedding may not take to it. This nesting box should be introduced at pullet stage. The liner can be difficult to clean so extras are handy to have while dirty ones are being scrubbed and sun dried.

I have about 35 hens and egg eating is a problem from time to time. A few things that I have discovered:
*Clean out nesting boxes when an egg has been broken, chickens can smell the broken egg and will continue to eat any eggs that are layed in that box.
*Be on time for feeding. I have found that they either get real hungry or real bored and that's when I find eggs have been eaten.
*Keep the grit out and water topped up. Other *snacks* keep chickens occupied with their instinctive pecking behaviour. They get the pecking habit out on kitchen scraps rather than on their eggs. Keeps them from getting bored.
*You can save egg shells from the kitchen to feed back to them but if not done right, can start the egg eating habit. The shells have to be crushed real fine and mixed with other gravel or food so they don't smell like shells. You have to fool them about what they are eating. (Be cautious when starting this one.)
*Collect eggs often. Until the egg eating seems to be under control, collect the eggs at least 3x a day. Eliminate temptation.

Darkening their nesting boxes is a good place to start. You could hang a curtain in front to help darken the nesting area. I wish you luck. Let us know how it goes.


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