How to Keep Chickens from Eating Their Own Eggs

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Identify and remove the egg-eating chicken (or chickens) as soon as possible.,
Collect the eggs as soon as possible.,
Use a dummy egg to trick the hens.,
Use blinders, debeak, or cull the egg-eating chicken if you cannot break her of this behavior.

You may not be able to catch the chicken in the act, but if you watch the flock for a few days, you should be able to identify the chicken who is responsible. The hen will have dried yolk on her beak or the side of her head, or you may see her searching the nests for eggs to eat.Isolate the hen from the other so she can no longer eat their eggs and they won’t pick up on her bad behavior.Watch the rest of the flock to see if the egg eating stops.
If eggs continue to be eaten, the behavior may have already spread and you may need to isolate other chickens.Isolating the hen may be enough of a disruption to stop her from eating the eggs., Most hens lay their eggs before 10am, and the faster you remove them, the less chance there is for one of them to break and encourage the hens to eat the eggs.Gather eggs at least twice a day or more often if possible., Place a golf ball, a rock painted white, or a dummy egg from a feed store in each nest. Gather the real eggs as usual, but leave the dummies. When the hens peck at the “egg,” they will find that it is unbreakable and no longer a source of food. They may give up trying to break the real eggs.You can also blow out a raw egg by poking a hole on the top and bottom and blowing out the contents with an egg. Then fill it with mustard and replace it in the nest. Chickens do not like mustard and this can teach them very quickly that eggs are not tasty at all., Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to get chickens to stop eating eggs once they have started. If you have tried everything and your hen continues to go on egg-destroying rampages, you may need to go to extreme measures by debeaking (removing the sharp tip of the hen’s beak with a hot blade) or killing the chicken.If you are not willing to go take those measures, you can buy special blinders that will prevent the hen from seeing things straight on. If she can only see from the side, it will be difficult for her to successfully find and peck an egg.You can also permanently isolate the hen or keep her separated from the others until after most of the eggs have been laid and collected. She may continue to destroy her own eggs, but the other eggs will be safe (unless the hens lay more eggs once she rejoins the flock).

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