Chickens Eating Eggs

If you have a problem with chickens eating eggs and want to stop them, here are a few preventive measures to take.

  • Chickens Eating Eggs
    Chickens eating eggs kind of defeats the purpose of keeping chickens in the first place. If anyone is going to eat eggs it will be YOU.

  • Chickens Eating Eggs

What makes a chicken eat eggs, and what can be done to stop this?

Emma Hunt
Prestonsburg, Kentucky

Different circumstances may lead to chickens eating eggs. Once established, it’s a difficult habit to break. Here are a few suggestions to deter this behavior.

  • Raise nest boxes at least 18 inches off the floor. Bored chickens, especially roosters, are less likely to start pecking at eggs if they’re not at ground level.
  • Feed a balanced ration.
  • Make oyster shells available to layer hens. This prevents a calcium shortage, which can sometimes prompt hens to start eating eggs.
  • Make sure the chickens have adequate space — preferably allow them to range on pasture during the day.
  • Gather eggs frequently so the chickens don’t have access to them for long.
  • Try nests that allow the eggs to roll to a tray behind the nests so the chickens can’t get to them.

If you have lots of birds in your flock, you may want to remove the offenders, because this behavior usually spreads pretty rapidly.

— Troy Griepentrog, homesteading editor

6/8/2016 8:17:40 PM

I've got golf balls in the nest, lots of oyster shell, curtains on the nests, a large roomy run (can't let them free range because of the neighbor's dogs). My nests are off the floor and I have 6 of them for 20 chickens, more than the suggested ration of one per 4 chickens. I still have an egg eater. I have broken chickens of this before, by putting a dog cage in the coop, and locking up the offender for several days. I currently have one, an Aracauna, and I don't want to get rid of my green egg layer, so she's locked up. If she keeps eating eggs, though, she's chicken sausage!

Destiny Trujillo
5/14/2012 8:15:53 PM

will is the chicken eat eggs for

10/28/2010 1:31:26 PM

four chickens just started laying after moulting, one started eating eggs. used to mix crushed egg shells in food but stoped think will have to start again also started mixing dry cat food in feed hope things soon improve.

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