What to do? Chicken is eating eggs

billc-2007July 1, 2009

I have just recently been finding some eggs pecked with holes in them and a few times the whole egg was eaten. I could tell because there was some sticky egg on another egg not touched.

I am thinking I will cull the bird but I have six and dont know what one is doing it yet. I am going to have to sit out there all morning until each one lays and see which is doing it. It is now happening everyday. Instead of five or six eggs I am getting two or three at the most. Half the time she does not eat the whole thing but seems to peck a whole in it the size of a nickel.

They have plenty of egg layer pellets, free range weeds and garden grass, hen scratch and oyster shells all available to them all day with fresh water each day. Many time they get fruit fallen from the trees and pasta when My kids dont eat all of the pasta.

Is there any cure or just cull the problem hen? Thanks Bill

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gardendawgie(5)

I would cull the hen. Get some new pullets.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2009 at 7:23PM
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billc-2007

Today I went out after work and there were four eggs. three in good condition and one had a hole on the top pecked out the size of a dime.

So I threw the cracked egg away and began to feed my pigeons near by. I put the eggs on top of a rabbit hutch and was feeding roller pigeons and as I walked by a blue jay flew away near the rabbit hutch. Now I ha two eggs and one pecked with a hole in it just like the other one from the hen house.

So now I am going to get up early and see if a chicken is doing it or the blue jay or both. I am thinking the blue Jay went in and craked the eggs and the chicken saw it and began to eat them too. My son said he will run out each time they cackel and wait and check each chicken to see who it the culprit. I sure hope its the blue jay only but if not we will have chicken stew soup this winter. Bill C

    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 12:34AM
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gardendawgie(5)

It looks like you caught your blue jay chicken in the act. not much meat on a blue jay chicken. But blue jays are little terrors.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 1:40AM
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cpp6318

Look for yellow crusty flecks on the beak. Once you find the offenders you can clip the top beak half an inch with a pair of wire clippers and the problem will go away.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2009 at 9:42PM
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msjay2u(7)

I always heard you can put fake eggs in there too. switch the eggs right away and they give up eventually. That is what I heard anyway

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 1:44AM
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billc-2007

I have found the best way so far to break the habbit was to put in some wooden eggs. I even painted them brown color like the eggs. It has really helped, but I am trying to collect the eggs soon and not leave them in the nest. I do think they are giving up pecking at the eggs that wont crack.

I had clipped the top beak of the two culprits but that did not help in my case. The dummy eggs work best and culling them would have worked too but I would not have eggs for a year or longer since there are no chicks available until spring time. Thought I would mention what worked best since someone might read this later on. Thanks for the replies. Bill C

    Bookmark   July 11, 2009 at 11:18PM
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calliope(6)

Mine try the egg eating about once a year. It's just a nasty habit, and I've been successful in breaking it, if when it starts I make a point of getting out there early in the day to feed and water, and checking three or four times a day for eggs and gathering them each time. With no eggs in the lay boxes, and food in their hopper, they seem to give up after a couple weeks and leave the eggs alone.

The egg eating usually starts if I wait too long in the day to feed. They'll get hungry and then try an egg, and the next thing you know, they decide they like them better than their mash. It just takes some preserverance.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2009 at 10:20PM
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