Monday, November 8, 2010

Tragic Egg Eating

8/30/10 The chickens are starting to lay every few days. However tragedy struck today. One of the chickens ate her own egg. Jeff was furious!! I could hear him yelling at them in the basement throughout the entire house. I ran down there and saw the silly bird with yoke dripping over her beak and had to keep myself from laughing. We read on the internet that if you put golf balls in with them they will peck at the golf balls which of course wont break which tricks them into not pecking their eggs. I immediately ran out to Wal Mart to pick up some golf balls. (Jeff hates supporting Wal Mart as he puts it, “that store represents everything wrong about America” but this was an emergency after all!)

2 comments:

  1. allieloveschickens (BYC)November 9, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    did the golf balls help?

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  2. Yes it did help. Since our chickens lay brown eggs the next day I added some light colored tan river rocks which looked even more like their eggs. It took a couple of days but they did end up stopping. Which was good since I was getting tired of my husband waking me up from yelling at them! : ) We also read that sometimes calcium deficiency causes them to eat their eggs. I don't think this was our problem since their feed has the recommended about of calcium. Never the less we also added crushed oyster shell (you can get this at a local feed store) to their diet. I am not sure if this helped with them stopping eating their eggs because we added if after they had already stopped but it may help if the golf balls doesn't work. Good luck!

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