• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Chicken eating her own eggs

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Chicken eating her own eggs

    We have 6 chickens in a little backyard coop. They have access to the yard for part of the day. We've started noticing a broken egg every few days and no leftover shell. Not sure which one is the culprit, but we have our suspicions.

    What do we do to make her stop eating her eggs? My husband wants to cook her for dinner but I want to see if we can stop this first. Thanks!

  • #2
    I think it's a calcium deficiency that starts that. Or she's just mental. Do you have the fortified scratch available?
    Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
    Incredible Invisible


    • Original Poster

      She's on layer crumbles, and I give them banana, bread, veggies etc as I have leftovers etc.


      • #4
        Get a bag of oyster shells and give them some of that in addition to regular feed and grit.
        Founder of the Dyslexic Clique. Dyslexics of the world - UNTIE!!

        Member: Incredible Invisbles


        • #5
          A coworker had a chicken doing this, and he started putting a few golf balls in the nests. The chicken would peck but get nothing out of it, and eventually they stopped ruining their real eggs.
          "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."


          • #6
            Try crushed Oyster shell. You can keep it in a smaller separate dish for them to access on their own. You can find it at Tractor Supply.
            "If you've got a horse, you've got a problem"


            • #7
              Chicken and dumplings?

              Just watch out if you put the chicken in the oven. Your oven may close forever.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks guys. I'll see if I can find some golf balls and will pick up some oystershells....and rmh


                • #9
                  Typically, egg eaters are hard to cure (but the golf ball idea sounds good). You can also purchase roll out nest boxes which helps prevent this. Usually it is not a deficiency in anything, chickens just love the taste of eggs!
                  I LOVE my Chickens!


                  • Original Poster

                    Well if we can't get her to stop, I guess she'll end up cooked, which is sad because she's an adorable white sizzle bantam with a cute tuft of feathers on her head and she runs to me whenever I walk into the yard.

                    It's an A-frame coop and there's really no way to change the nest box setup.


                    • #11
                      It is a hard habit to break. I guess you could try the golf ball idea and collect your eggs early in the day so they aren't sitting out there available to her. Having access to a good peck and scratch area with loose soil/manure/bugs might help occupy her. Definitely make sure she has access to oyster shells.


                      • #12
                        Well just my 2 cents but if she is a Banty sizzle, the carcass would not be worth processing for two reasons. First the carcass is not going to be very robust. A carcass of this size is hardly worth processing. Second if she is a sizzle and not a frizzle, which is very likely, she has silkie lineage or blood. Silkies have black skin, meat and even bones so they are undesirable for eating.
                        I think because she is so friendly, you said it yourself how she runs to you when you walk out into the yard, She should be rehomed or keep her as a pet. Silkies and sizzles were meant to be ornamental birds and pets, not production layers. They eat very little in the scheme of things, and their lovely appearance and nature makes them very disirable as pets. Definately worth running an ad on CL or something. Because after you kill her and dress her you will find her undisirable for the pot.

                        If you wish to go the route of putting birds in the pot then look into dual purpose or heritage meat breeds, not oramentals. I am not against cooking your own chickens in any way. I am only interested in trying to stop the unnesasary death of this chicken.
                        Just like our eyes, our hearts have a way of adjusting to the dark.--Adam Stanley


                        • Original Poster

                          Hulk, I'm not in favor of eating her....i'm a vegetarian But thank you for more reasons to give my carnivorous husband. I'll rehome her if anything. She's a funny little bird.


                          • #14
                            Sorry if I sounded strong but I am just sure someone will want a lovely little hen like that for a pet. You can assure your husband she is not worth eating. I dont know how it is where you live but here silkies are a hot comodity and a sizzle would be even hotter. Good luck!
                            Just like our eyes, our hearts have a way of adjusting to the dark.--Adam Stanley


                            • Original Poster

                              I think I just won the argument with him - no eating her. Now, hopefully I can get her to stop eating eggs so I can keep her.