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August 3, 2010
I have a flock of hens that free range during the day with access to the chicken coop all day, also. Just in the last few months after I rebuilt the nesting boxes, eggs have been disappearing altogether (I used to get 4-6 per day) and frequently I find broken egg shells in the boxes, sometime partially eaten eggs. I do have a huge ground squirrel infestation, tunneling under and into the chicken coop, that I have to continually monitor and block off. Of course, since the chickens can come in the coop during the day, so can the squirrels -- right through the front door!! Anybody have ideas for how I can stop this? I rarely have an egg now. . .
I don't think squirrels eat eggs, raccoons do..so do snakes.
But I think that your one or some of your chickens eat their eggs.
Chickens eat their own eggs if they aren't getting enough protein or
calcium in their diets.
You can buy oyster shell and grit in bags to give to your chickens, just in a bowl in the corner and they take it when they need it…milk or yogurt is good for them too.
I think a bag will last you a year or so.
If one of your chickens eat eggs, sometimes you see the yellow of the yolk on their beak, separate her from the rest and try to break her habit.
A plastig egg might work, if she can't eat it, she might stop doing it.
August 30, 2008
Hi! Just wanted to comment on the missing eggs. Recently, I had a broody hen hatch out a batch of eggs. During this time, I added extra nest boxes to make up for the one she was using. Well, the hens took a liking to the new nest boxes and soon were laying most of the eggs in them. After Mrs. Hen hatched her eggs and the peeps were pretty much part of the group, I removed the extra boxes to make more room. That's when I noticed the eggs came to a sudden drop. For several weeks, the egg production went way down! I guess after awhile, the hens realized they lost their new condos and had to go back to the old nesting boxes. Took awhile till production was back to normal. You may have an egg eater…and/or, you may have some disgruntled hens who miss the original setup. When I read your post I though about what happened with my hens. Just a thought but it might part of the problem. Good luck with your eggs!
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