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Shallishanti Fri 18-Jan-13 19:47:30

any tips?
I found them eating one about 2 wks ago, no eggs since, then today found them doing it again grr
afaik, only 1 in lay
ususally we are out all day so I can't be hovering waiting for her to lay and then whip it away!

TunipTheVegedude Sun 20-Jan-13 19:33:28

Aren't you supposed to get an empty eggshell and fill it with mustard to put them off?

Shallishanti Sun 20-Jan-13 21:18:13

yes I have heard this but can't imagine actually doing it- is the egg supposed to look 'whole'? also, I thought birds couldn't taste 'hot' so would it even work?

Paiviaso Mon 21-Jan-13 13:31:42

I have two chickens, both in lay. A few months ago one started eating the other's eggs. I bought some fake eggs (to make them think pecking eggs was useless), I filled an egg with dijon mustard and all the spices in the spice cupboard but I'm not sure she found this distasteful (and I admit I only bothered doing this once). I started putting their feeder in the house at night so they'd have something to eat in the mornings (besides eggs) before I let them out. The chicken is still happily eating her friend's eggs.

I read that the best recommendation is to the cull the offending bird, and I would probably agree. I am culling mine anyway in a few months as I will be moving, so I'm just putting up with it.

WhatKindofFool Sat 26-Jan-13 21:33:47

Fake eggs from pets at home worked for me. They are very hard.

bogwoppitinatree Sun 27-Jan-13 11:52:40

Can you somehow position your nest box so the eggs roll away from the chicken, i.e. have it on a bit of a slant. At work we had two chickens who layed on a system like this for a few months and now no longer egg eat. We tried mustard but it didn't work. You have to blow the eggs first then fill - have heard mixed reviews - I think there is only one type of mustard that works and I'm not sure which one it is smile

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