Lee opened the door of the chicken coop and caught some of our hens doing a dastardly deed in the hen house. As he opened the door about half the hens came jumping out of the coop saying “yeah freedom!” while the other half were running around eating an egg that was on the floor. Lee thought that it had just happened.
I have never seen any evidence that our hens have eaten their eggs before. The nesting boxes are always clean looking. Now a few weeks ago I found an egg on the floor of the coop, but I just thought it was due to one of the favorite nesting boxes being in use. We have four nesting boxes for our eleven hens and quite routinely I will find 6 eggs in one nesting box. It’s a very special nesting box that is quite beloved by our hens. Don’t ask me why. Two of the nesting boxes are favorites while the other two lesser loved ones go empty quite often.
I had been scanning the floor of the hen house since I found that first egg but I had never found another one. So I chalked it up to a “bird brained” fluke. As much as I love my hens, I am well aware that there is a reason for that expression.
Hopefully we can break the cycle now. If not, there is going to be some chicken dinner in our future. I am going to put a few golf balls in the coop so any future egg pecking will result in sore beaks (okay not really) and no yummy egg stuff rendered. We are going to put an oyster shell feeding station in so if they are lacking any calcium they can get it that way. Finally, I am going to start collecting eggs more than once a day. Otherwise we seem to be doing everything already that articles suggest in how to break the egg eating cycle.