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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 2:24 pm 
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Showy Hen
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My hen went broody and now seems to have succumbed to temptation. First egg lost after two days sitting.
Eggy hell!


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How frustrating for you.

Let us know how your egg eater goes and if you have any luck changing this bad habbit.
I'm not sure if mine was eating eggs or not. I never caught her in the act, just speculating on the lack of eggs and the one egg shell found in the nest. No sign of left over egg mess anywhere.

Good luck, Chook Mama


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 8:19 am 
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Day four of sitting: she's now on three eggs only. Without the eggs being so obvious I'm hoping she'll sit on through without eating them.
It was obvious she was eating them in my case as she went to a great deal of trouble stomping on them to break them first. Also an egg I put down for a minute to fix a fence brought her over for a peck.
I think I might have to use her as a broody for new day-olds and then, as they say, 'let her go'. Just can't have it.
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I had problems with this earlier in the year though not with a broody hen but with one of my best jap hens eating all the eggs from my breeding trio. I had a look around andd it seems to be a general rule that once they start they are really hard to stop. My best advice is to make sure her nutrition is good and when she starts laying again that she is getting enough shell grit. All the old wive tale methods don't work but there are practical things like dark, communal and clean uncramped nest boxes that can be used to avoid breakage in the first place because once they start they are hard to stop.

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