by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
If you have a farm, chances are you keep chickens. I think that keeping chickens is a most excellent idea—you constantly have eggs to use for baking and whatnot, and you also have chickens to eat if ever you need one. (That latter reason was a bit morbid, but you have to admit it has some truth to it!) Regardless of what kinds of animals you own, if you own any animals, you're bound to have some problems with them at one time or another. One of the problems you could encounter with chickens is the possibility of them eating their own eggs. Here's how you can use oyster shells to stop your chickens from eating their eggs.
Another reason your chickens may be eating their own eggs is just because they want to. Sometimes it's a mineral deficiency, but not always. So, what do you do when it's not a mineral deficiency and you still need to fix the problem? Regardless of the reason behind the egg eating, you can solve the issue by using rotten eggs.
When you see your chickens have the urge to eat their eggs, strategically slip a couple of rotten ones in the bunch of normal eggs. You'll want to do this only when the chicken isn't looking, so you can proceed undetected. Hopefully the chickens will eat the rotten eggs and be revolted. Rotten eggs are pretty disgusting, and your chickens will naturally not want to eat anymore. Ideally, your chickens will then not eat any of their eggs anymore, but you can't be sure. Try the rotten egg trick a couple more times following the initial trickery. If the chickens try it again, hopefully they'll be thwarted once again; after a few times of biting into a rotten egg, they won't want to try that again. To get yourself rotten eggs, just keep some eggs for a really long time and they'll be sure to go bad.
So, if you have problems with your chickens eating their eggs, this is definitely a remedy to try. You don't want your chickens eating their eggs, and so you should identify the problem and then proceed to fix it. If you can't see an immediate issue with your chickens, go for the rotten egg trick and you'll be sure to succeed!
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