Chicken Eating Own Eggs
Chicken Eating Own Eggs: One of my six chickens has taken to going into the hen house and eating the freshly laid eggs. How do I stop it?
I have never personally had this problem, but from what I hear egg canabalism is a hard habit to break once it starts.
Here are some things to do before the problem starts, which is usually because an egg gets broken, a chicken tries it, likes it, and wants more.
1) Make sure you have adaquate nesting. If too many birds are sharing a nest it increases the chances of an egg getting broken and a hen trying the egg and liking it.
2) Make sure that your hens are getting adaquate nutrition. Some say the problem can start when hens are lacking nutrients.
3) Check and remove eggs often to prevent egg breakage.
If you are doing all that is listed above and the problems still started and is persisting there are a couple of things to try.
Some say to reduce lighting in the coop. Why this works, other than the obvious harder to see I don't know. It may make the birds calmer and less likely to react in this way.
I have also read to replace unbroken eggs with white golf balls. They claim that trying to break these "eggs" is both uncomfortable and frustrating for the offender and that they will eventually give up altogether.
It is a tough and frustrating problem. Let us know what you do and how it works out.
Anybody out there had similar problems? What did you do to solve it? Let us know in the comments section.