When you have hens eating eggs it can be extremely frustrating. The worst part is, this behavior can be difficult to stop. Hens can even teach each other the bad habit and before you know it, there will be no eggs left for you!
There are many reasons that chickens develop this bad habit, and it’s best to deal with the issue sooner rather than later.
The most important thing to understand is why are your hens eating eggs? There are several causes for hens eating their own eggs, and the more you know, the better you can deal with this situation before it gets out of control.
Our friends over at Reformation Acres wrote a whole post about hens eating eggs and the many reasons they do it. It’s a good place to start for anyone trying to solve this mystery and find a solution.
Here’s an excerpt from the post:
“last week we came to realize that we had a serious, serious issue that developed in the coop where what seems to be our entire flock of laying hens has taken to eating their own eggs. That’s not exactly what I meant when I said that I wanted to start supplementing their feed rations. Those little treats are for us and I jealously covet them for my personal use in the kitchen! We had hoped that there were only one or two culprits, but as the investigation proceeded more and more hens were found to be guilty.
Finally, one morning, after finding half an egg that became fully frozen in the process of being eaten and then dropping a newly laid one on the floor of the coop and having the entire flock practically pounce on it we admitted the problem was bigger than we had realized. It’s pretty impossible to isolate the violators when it’s your whole flock! And an attempt by my 13 year old to taint some eggs with hot sauce didn’t phase them.”