tips on keeping hens Egg eating - a bad habbit (for chickens)
posted by Scarlet, 1 March 2006 23:13
Egg eating can happen for a number of different reasons:
The chicken is not getting enough grit in its diet so it is substituting grit for egg shells
The chicken is at the bottom of the pecking order and so is being deprived of food and so eating the eggs instead
It is too light in the compartment where the chickens lay their eggs, so they can see the eggs and are eating them
How to stop egg eating:
Make sure the chickens are getting enough grit
Add more food bowls so the chickens are definately getting enough food, no matter where they stand in the pecking order
If it is too light in the laying compartment cut some black material into strips and hang it above the entrance of the compartment so there is less light
Other people have suggested pricking an egg and letting the runny insides empty out, then filling it with something spicy and the chicken will not eat it; although others have said it doesn't work as hens taste buds are different to humans.
People have also suggested culling the bird, but this is a rather extreme measure!