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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:04 pm 
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How do I single out my egg eating culprit as most of my chooks lay early and pretty much in unison. Also, how can I stop the chook from doing this?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:07 pm 
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How many chooks have you got? One option is to, one at a time, remove each chook overnight and for the following morning to see which mornings you get eggs eaten and which you don't.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:30 pm 
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Thanks Rach, great idea !


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:27 pm 
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Look for eggy beaks - the yolk often sticks.
Put some eggs on the ground and see if any one attacks


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:41 pm 
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Only trouble is once a chook breaks an egg the others can join in (even though they wouldn't dream of being the first to break an egg). An eggy beak might not be a reliable sign of guilt! :)

But I'd still be looking for eggy beaks and targeting those one for a stint in the overnight isolation cell.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:48 pm 
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I have one that breaks the shell but rarely eats it which is super frustrating. Good luck solving the problem! Please share any successful method!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:56 pm 
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For shell breakers, put several golf balls in the nest. Concussion of the beak is a good disincentive. I successfully rehabilitated one hen last year by leaving golf balls in the nest boxes and on the floor of the pen when they were off the lay. By the time laying re commenced, the culprit was 'cured'.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:32 pm 
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Nice. I've read that before. I'm not very good at golf anyway so the balls I have will be more useful in the nesting boxes hopefully

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:11 pm 
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Hi Rach, Sue and Benen. Mysteriously, no eggy beaks but a couple of chooks are shaking their heads - not as in "it wasn't me" denial but more likely a furtive attempt to dislodge some tactile wetness off their beaks - anyway, very suspicious !

Great suggestions, I'll try them all - thanks so much - John.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:45 pm 
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Good luck!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:11 pm 
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I just casually put an egg down in the pen and watch. The culprit will dash over and start picking furiously at the egg.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:41 pm 
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Let us know if you find the culprit! :)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:10 pm 
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Thanks Andrew and Rach. I'll report back when the forensics are conclusive !


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:20 am 
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I've found the egg-eating chook, used the mustard-in-egg therapy, placed golf balls in the laying box but neither has worked. I contacted my chook supplier and he said once a chook is "habituated" for 2 or 3 weeks to eating its own egg, the practice is irreversible. He suggested to "get rid of it" but as a chook lover, I'm finding it very hard to do that, moreso in a humane way. So I'm desperate to seek any other approach. Can someone help me, please? Thanks - John.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:40 am 
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If the hen is indeed habituated and you can't euthanise her ... get some roll-away nest boxes and collect eggs often. That's all you can do given the constraints.


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