I think it’s time to start posting some of the great questions I get from readers, because they think I might know a thing or two about chickens. I want to give all the other Chicken Doctors out there a chance to chime in their opinions.
Let’s start off with this delightful letter from Shorty in MN.
Dear Chicken Doctor,I have six laying hens…..and they are cannibals! Yes, cannibals. They eat their young. At first I thought it was only one or two of the hens, but I’ve discovered that they all partake in the egg eating parties. I’ve put golf balls with hot sauce in the nesting boxes — that worked for a day. I have ceramic eggs in there too. Doesn’t help. I do have one hen that is “settin'” on a golf ball. Poor thing. Maybe she figures if she can’t eat it, she may as well hatch it??So, any advice? How do I stop this cannibalism? Is it even possible? Do I need to roast these birds and start over? (I can hardly bear the thought of buying eggs again).Sincerely,Short on Eggs in MN
To make you feel better I did have a broody hen that was a mess, she sat on a bunch of eggs, ate half of them and the others went rotten. She was disgusting. She finally got past her broodiness, but not before she gave my dog, Preacher, a swift kick in the pants. Never thought I’d live to see the day a hen attacking a dog.
I hope this helps a tad bit. Stick to your guns, hope those darn chickens sort out their troubles.
Okay, smart readers, what would you do for your egg eating chickens?