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 Post subject: Egg eating chook
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:25 pm 
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I have 18 hens and 1 rooster. Some good layers but having a problem with 1 or more chooks eating between 1 and 2 eggs a day. This has been going on for quite a few months. I don't know how to find out who the culprit is and have no idea what to do about it. They roam free for around 12 hours a day in summer and are locked up at night. There are 6 laying boxes in the yard fully protected from the weather and they have a converted straw lined kids cubby hut to sleep (roost) in. They are very spoiled! Any suggestions please??


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 Post subject: Re: Egg eating chook
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:48 am 
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Place an egg out in the open and see who rushes over and starts pecking at it.

The next thing is deciding what to do with the egg eater. They can be very hard to break from doing that.


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 Post subject: Re: Egg eating chook
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:00 am 
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If you can't identify the culprit/culprits as above, look for eggy beaks, and suspect those which hang around the nest boxes, also consider other possibilities - rats, lizards, wild birds.
Do you have any laying soft shelled eggs? Common with older birds, especially commercial hybrids and also with birds commencing lay - those are the eggs most likely to be eaten, and those most likely to eat. Try putting several golf balls in each nest box (confusion factor) and make sure that there is plenty of nesting material, or use rollaways. Make sure that there is a constant supply of self serve shell grit for calcium.
If none of the above helps you will have to use a process of elimination and separate your flock into smaller groups. If you don't resolve things soon, the other chooks will follow suit and the problem will escalate


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 Post subject: Re: Egg eating chook
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:08 pm 
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Thank you for the suggestions. I will give them a try.


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