Does anyone know what will make my chicken stop eating their eggs?
DH finds out which one is doing it & gets rid the chicken. Sorry, guess that's not much help.
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That is what my DM used to do too.
Wiki how has some suggestions and possible reasons, as do many other sites.
Hi, havent had trouble but one time with a chicken peckering her own eggs, but what patty and conrad both said(which chicken), I personally didnt get rid of the chicken, but I did separate her from the others, after bout 2 weeks, I noticed she had stopped doing it, so I returned her to the large pin again with no further troubles.
how did you find out which chicken did it? i have 18 laying hens, not that many, but it would be almost impossible to find out which one is doing it and what do i do if it's more than one?
at the time I only had 12 hens but 3 roosters...but I just happen to walk up to gather eggs, and I saw one chicken pecking on an egg, so I separated her, and no more eggs were pecked, so after going online to found out what I could do, it soon stopped(put chicken in separate pin, added a few easter eggs, plastic) soon the hen stopped and I return her to big pin after bout 2 weeks.
as for 18 hens, it will be a hard task to separate the right one.......good luck
Never had the problem when I had chickens but wondered if you feed them a source of calcium? I used to give mine a pan of oyster shells. Not sure if that is the answer but it would be a shame to destroy a good layer if there is an easy solution.
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I do give them oyster shell and some kind of mineral salt to supplement their diet.
I do appreciate everybody's input, but I will not destroy a chicken! I have one hen who lays extra big eggs and it would kill me to have to get rid of her and then find out that I destroyed the wrong one!
How about seperating one hen a day to see what happens...you might be able to at least narrow down the field that way.
I was also going to suggest the oyster shells.
Have you tried just rinsing out egg shells, drying them, crushing them and then put that with your oyster shells?
Not sure if it would work, but worth a try.
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that is a good idea, karen. I'm going to try one a day.
I would try adding the egg shells with the oyster shell, but I want to save my egg shells for my tomatoes this summer.
Swampy might have some suggestions too if you ask over at the other place.
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Barb, is it everyday that you find broken eggs? I had chickens growing up on the farm and can't ever recall this happening. I hope you find out which one it is....maybe it needs some rooster love...and is...frustrated I jest, but...it could be an emotional/behavioral issue. How long has this been going on? Just curious.
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DON'T laugh, it happens every February! it doesn't happen every day, but at least a few times a week. I can't remember how long it will go on, but I wish I knew why it happens. I don't think they need ANYTHING from the rooster, he chases all of my hens around the yard.
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