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Posted by mugsy3 on April 05, 2001 at 17:14:52 from (188.8.131.52):
In Reply to: Chickens Eating Eggs posted by Mike on April 05, 2001 at 04:03:36:
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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