Post by cocopuffcake on Jul 11, 2011 12:50:23 GMT 8
My Mum will be getting some hy-lines which have a bad habit of egg eating. Apart from ensuring they have plenty of crushed shells, exciting food , etc what else can she do to either break this habit, or get a workable solution?
mmmmmmm chickens do not have taste receptors that notice hot stuff, so this is not an effective solution. the rollaway nest box is really the best thing that you can do if you know you have egg eating birds.
I have had this problem some years back and I put a golf ball and I had a plastic egg in their nest and they took 2 weeks to break this habit, but they gave up and i have not had this problem since. I did have to collect the eggs as soon as I thought they had laid and then place the golf ball in the nest. Cheers linda
Post by cocopuffcake on Jul 13, 2011 12:54:21 GMT 8
Thanks to everyone who has replied. I will be sharing these ideas with my mother and I'm sure that one, or more of them will solve the problem. I found one eaten egg this morning, but another was fine which considering they are only staying at my place for a couple of days highlights what these silly girls get up to. I did notice the alpha hen tried to peck me this morning and I tapped her back, so I reckon she's the one with the habit.
Hi Jacquie, I didn't know that chooks don't have "heat" sensors. So I guess the tabasco sauce wont work them! Never tried it myself. The last egg eating chook I had never laid a proper egg so she got the chop.
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