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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
4171 Posts

Posted - Feb 12 2023 :  03:29:44 AM  Show Profile
I wanted to share something that is working for us. I got chicks last spring, and they started laying in the fall. Most went in the nest boxes but 4 of them started laying on the floor of the coop. And they started eating eggs. Never had our young girls do that. We had been trying to get out there often in the morning to gather eggs. They still timed it so they could eat them. A few times I have grabbed the floor laying hens and put them in the nest box. Hoping they would get the idea. Got one yet who didn't. Got to thinking maybe they needed more protein?? I got a bag of 22 percent protein meat bird feed. I give them a half a scoop in the evening. It has been a week now and no more eating eggs. Hope we continue to break that egg eating cycle.

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Michele
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6860 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6860 Posts

Posted - Feb 13 2023 :  1:06:10 PM  Show Profile
I learned about this last summer when I was taking care of my neighbors chickens. I didn't know that chickens eating their eggs was a thing until then. I filled her egg basket with eggs and then set it on the ground to take care of other things. When I came back I saw her chickens around the basket eating the eggs. I was so worried I had messed something up until I spoke with her. Now she makes sure to give them protein as well. I hope it continues to work for you.

Krista
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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

4735 Posts

Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4735 Posts

Posted - Feb 13 2023 :  1:59:54 PM  Show Profile
Glad the protein has been working to stop your hens from eating eggs. Hope it continues to be a success and I'm sure the farmgirls with hens will appreciate the tip.

Dawn in IL

The fireside is the tulip bed of a winter day.
(Persian Proverb)
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

6573 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
6573 Posts

Posted - Feb 14 2023 :  11:24:59 AM  Show Profile
Michele , I do hope the added protein in your chicken diet does the trick for them. It is interesting how they sought after their own eggs to solve their nutritional problem. Give us an update in a few weeks as to what is going on.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
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Dreamer42
True Blue Farmgirl

2689 Posts

April
Central Oregon
USA
2689 Posts

Posted - Feb 15 2023 :  5:47:36 PM  Show Profile
So interesting... nature is so amazing.


Dreamer42
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

4171 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
4171 Posts

Posted - May 31 2023 :  02:57:24 AM  Show Profile
Well the added feed worked for about a week. What did seem to work? My husband caught the floor laying chicken and put her in the nest box and locked her in there for a while. Have not seen an egg on the floor since. I told him he is the chicken trainer now.

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Michele
FGOTM June2019

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

9291 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
9291 Posts

Posted - May 31 2023 :  03:52:45 AM  Show Profile
We always mixed in the crushed oyster shell to solve this problem of egg eating with our chickens.

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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

4735 Posts

Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4735 Posts

Posted - May 31 2023 :  05:56:04 AM  Show Profile
Wow Michele! Who knew a chicken timeout was needed to stop that hen from eating eggs. Sounds like your husband taught them all a lesson, hope it sticks!

Dawn in IL

First you dream
Then you do
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shennandoah
True Blue Farmgirl

83 Posts

Shennandoah
La Vernia TX
USA
83 Posts

Posted - Feb 22 2024 :  5:24:51 PM  Show Profile
So excited we just got our first egg! First time raising chickens. Got them in the fall. Was such a lovely surprise!

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Blessed in Colorado
True Blue Farmgirl

6527 Posts

Debbie L.
Oregon
USA
6527 Posts

Posted - Feb 22 2024 :  5:33:23 PM  Show Profile
How exciting Shenandoah, I hope there will be many more to come.

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Debbie
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6860 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6860 Posts

Posted - Feb 23 2024 :  1:12:20 PM  Show Profile
That is super exciting Shenandoah! Hopefully you get many more surprises soon!

Krista
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Killarney
True Blue Farmgirl

5021 Posts

Connie
Arlington TN
USA
5021 Posts

Posted - Feb 23 2024 :  6:40:19 PM  Show Profile
Awww so sweet!
Connie W.
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Lacey
Chapter Guru

166 Posts

Rea
Davis Ca
USA
166 Posts

Posted - Feb 25 2024 :  6:35:15 PM  Show Profile


Yes keep up the protien and calcium levels. Sometime our animals know more of what they need and the yolk provide the protien . Also as the warm weather approaches you might need to increase calicium levels because of the natural egg laying cycle. Chickens are smart and entertaining have fun with them!


Rea Nakanishi
Farm Girl Of The Month Jan. 2022
“Action is the foundational key to all success.”
– Pablo Picasso
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

4171 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
4171 Posts

Posted - Feb 28 2024 :  4:08:33 PM  Show Profile
I have always had oyster shells free choice for the hens. Enjoy the fresh eggs!

Farming in WI

Michele


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shennandoah
True Blue Farmgirl

83 Posts

Shennandoah
La Vernia TX
USA
83 Posts

Posted - Mar 02 2024 :  04:16:14 AM  Show Profile
Yup I’d transitioned them to a layer feed and providing supplemental calcium and protein plus greens and herbs from the garden. Expanding the run to give them more safe space to play so the stay healthy and happy. Have received 9 fairy eggs and one full size egg so far this week from the ladies!
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

4171 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
4171 Posts

Posted - Mar 02 2024 :  05:17:11 AM  Show Profile
Pretty soon you will have a fridge full of eggs!

Farming in WI

Michele


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shennandoah
True Blue Farmgirl

83 Posts

Shennandoah
La Vernia TX
USA
83 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2024 :  4:47:20 PM  Show Profile
I’m officially egg rich! They’re one of my new bartering tools and make me popular with my extended family lol. Girls outgrew their space so expanded the run and added some raised beds to grow their favorite herbs and greens nearby.

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