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How to stop your chickens from eating their eggs

If your chickens are eating their own eggs, you'll need to break this habit immediately. The longer they do it, the harder it becomes to fix. But don't worry - with a few tweaks to your hens' nest boxes and living situation, you can nip egg eating in the bud. Reduce Egg Breakage Egg breakage is one of the major reasons why hens begin eating eggs. A few quick tips can reduce or eliminate egg breakage and thus the chances for your hens to get the taste of raw egg. Nest boxes. Make sure you have one 12-inch square nest for every 4-5 hens in the flock - never fewer than six nesting boxes. Nesting boxes should be at least two feet off the ground and at least four feet from the roosts. Also make sure you have at least 2 inches of clean, dry nesting material (shavings or straw) in the nest boxes at all times. Relocate any broody hens, which cause more congestion in the nesting boxes. Strong eggshells. Keep eggshells strong by feeding a calcium supplement in a free choice feeder (usually sold as oyster shells). Make sure to use a complete feed specifically designed for laying hens. If you feed hens eggshell for calcium, smash them to a powder so they don't associate them with the egg itself. Collect eggs early. Collecting eggs early in the day is always good practice. This leaves less time for breakage and egg eating. Most hens are done laying by 10 am.

 

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Urban chickens gaining popularity

Urban chicken keeping is one of the hot new trends with homeowners, but there's a lot of work that goes into it for a big reward. KXLY4's Casey Lund reports.

 

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