How do I stop my chickens from eating their eggs?

So I think I have an egg eater (or two) in my flock. Fairly regularly we have egg yolk on the eggs in the nesting boxes. Occasionally I find a crushed up shell. The shavings are all sticky etc.

What can I do to stop this? How do I know who it is? Thanks. Picture of the flock in question lol.

Chickens Eating Eggs
Chickens Eating Eggs

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Gabrielle Joelene Hetland
Gabrielle Joelene Hetland

It’s like trying to find Waldo! ???? love them!!

Missy Beck Hux
Missy Beck Hux

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Keith Park
Keith Park

Also could be a skunk.

They will eat the eggs like that and not bother the hens.

Courtney Ree Skurjunis
Courtney Ree Skurjunis

How long are the eggs in the boxes? do they have a favorite box? It could be innocent and a hen is crushing an egg when she gets in to lay and then or would eat it. My hens have done this because all 8 like to try to use the same box ????????‍♀️I’ve heard putting a fake egg in there can help them stop eating and pecking. I would think you would find more with peck marks in them if they were eating them.

Eric Lemke
Eric Lemke

Was just typing this! I don’t live where my chickens are so they might go 2 days without me making it to collect eggs. When I don’t make it daily I notice a broken egg in the box and its because there are so many eggs in that box.

Courtney Ree Skurjunis
Courtney Ree Skurjunis
Reply to  Eric Lemke

if I don’t collect them in the morning and night I’ll have a broken one or 2 and a mess haha I have 3 nesting boxes! Wish they would spread out ????

Amanda Marion Cuic
Amanda Marion Cuic

I bought fake eggs from tractor supply and put them in their laying box. It took a day or two but they completely stopped eating them after this.

Katie Droessler
Katie Droessler

We have blown out eggs and filled them with yellow mustard (chickens hate mustard)
Also have heard of filling them with paint to find the ‘eater’…dies their beak

Roger E Padgett
Roger E Padgett

Look at there beaks after a while they will stain yellow

Joy Taylor
Joy Taylor

But they all look so innocent!

Sanne Olsen Virdee
Sanne Olsen Virdee

Hi

Collect frequently and replace eggs with marble/ceramic eggs. They can’t be pecked and they eventually get the message. If you want to know whodunnit use a syringe and fill an egg with blue food dye (don’t use red). Seal the egg well. A blue headed monster will appear!

Alfred Mcintosh
Alfred Mcintosh

I collect my eggs twice a day and since I am retired I do have the time to do so.

Maria Dudas
Maria Dudas

Do they get enough Calcium? Sometimes it could mean a calcium deficiency

Shannon Howard-Trevizo
Shannon Howard-Trevizo

Blow some eggs and refill with mustard. The yellow bird wins a trip to feezer camp

Wilma Bob
Wilma Bob

I put in fake egg and it disappeared too

Suzy Tubbs Davis
Suzy Tubbs Davis
Reply to  Wilma Bob

could be a snake. When I had a hen that ate eggs she just pecked a hole in it and knocked a piece of shell out. But when a snake got them they were crushed..also might explain the missing fake egg

Wilma Bob
Wilma Bob

Hmmm yah no shells nothing
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TJ Schall
TJ Schall

up the protein, make sure nests are well bedded and dark,, eggs are the all purpose food, has everything a chicken needs to survive, sometime they get broke on accident, they get a taste for eggs, actually breaking them is hard work, and only if they need something in their diet

Amber Nicole Weaver
Amber Nicole Weaver

I have one, but I know who she is… she is going to her new flock soon so I’m blowing it off. It is frustrating having to clean that yolk out everytime though!

Jaaven Yaarah Lucas
Jaaven Yaarah Lucas

Give them more protein and if you can, remove eggs from nest at least twice or 3 times a day. Also sometimes its just because they are bored try scratch gains to entertain them.

Brandy Ramirez
Brandy Ramirez

Use a needle and put colored food dye in the air pocket of the egg,blue works best so the hen dosent get bullied or pecked at, u will know the culprits, also a fishing minow trap with a old egg thrown in it will safely catch a snake for release.a hen will usually eat eggs due to stress,protine or calcium deficiency, u can try adding more of these to resolve the issue

Leanne Reesor-Noble
Leanne Reesor-Noble

I had an egg eater as well, I put a bait egg on the floor of the coop and sat in the corner and watched/waited to see who was approaching the egg and fiddling with it turned into purposely breaking it and eating it! I did this 3 times, each time it was the same hen.. I did this 3 times to be sure who the culprit was and then I had to take care of her unfortunately the other hens will learn the behaviour and it will turn into a much bigger problem if not taken care of right away