Do You Have An Egg Eater In Your Flock? Here`s How To Stop Them!

Egg eating chickens are more than common in every chicken keepers career. Out of curiosity or hunger a hen can start eating eggs that she lays. For some novice chicken keeper the sight of a hen eating her own egg can be disgusting. Luckily, we at the team have found a number of methods that can break the habit of egg eating in your chickens and we focused this article on providing our readers with them.

The Most Used Method Of Breaking The Egg Eating Habit

Literally every chicken keeper we have discussed this subject with has given us this method as their first choice due to its simplicity. Poke one hole at each end of the egg using a small nail or something similar. Blow on one end until the insides of the egg come out of the other end and the egg is empty. Then fill the egg with mustard or soapy water then put it back in the nesting box. Chickens hate mustard and soapy water so when they peck at the egg they will not find it tasty and eventually stop doing it. You may need to repeat this a few times but it will work.

Using Objects That Look Like An Egg To Break The Habit Usually Works.

A couple of fake eggs that are used for decoration or plain old golf balls placed in the nesting box usually work. The egg eater will peck at them and will not be able to break them this will make the egg eater eventually stop. Gather the real eggs right after the hen lays them and then place the fake eggs in order to prevent more eggs getting eaten by the egg eating hen. Repeating this process will make the egg eating hen get tired of pecking at fake eggs and plastic and that should break the habit.

If You Know Why Your Chicken Is Eating Her Eggs You May Have The Solution Of Your Problem!

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Chickens usually eat eggs out of two reasons – lack of protein or lack of calcium. The insides of the egg provide protein and the shells provide calcium. Check your hen`s diet and make sure that the egg eater is not at the end of the pecking order. If by any chance your chicken doesn’t get her regular doses of protein or calcium the solution is simple – upgrade your hens diet and she will stop eating her eggs.

If you are interested in recipes for your chickens containing a lot of protein and calcium check out our recipe articles.

Well, This Is As Simple As It Sounds – If Your Hen Cannot See The Egg How Can She Eat It?

Hang curtains around the nesting box in order to make it dark. This is a simple and easy method which will make the nesting box dark and the hen will not be able to see the egg and eat it. After a few failed attempts in finding the eggs the hen will eventually stop eating them. Also removing the eggs from the nesting box as soon as they are out of the hen will do the trick.

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