DEAR NEW FARM:
My chickens are laying again, but they are eating them,
too. I am not sure if it is more than one chicken doing this.
What can I do to prevent them from eating the eggs?
We asked our friend Brian Moyer, a local farmer and an active
member of our region’s sustainable farming community,
for his advice (since we don’t raise chickens and he
does). Here’s what Brian had to say:
There could be many reasons why your chickens are eating
- Too much light at the nesting boxes. Chickens prefer
a dark place to lay, so if you can darken up the laying
area, that could help.
- Too many hens per nest. Too much activity and an egg
gets broken and, before you know it, they're eatin' eggs.
Folks vary on how many hens per nest are acceptable (5-10),
but you can be safe at five hens per nest.
- Make sure they have some free-choice oyster shell, and
collect the eggs as often as possible so they get less
interested in the eggs.
Hopefully, when spring comes, they will be more interested
in grass and bugs then eating eggs.
Green Haven Farm (www.greenhavenfarm.com)
us with comments, suggestions and questions.