The chicken egg eating problem has taken a turn for the better. Last summer Boy two was paid to park himself in the coop and catch the crook. The offending bird was removed to chicken prison until her execution could be arranged. While there, she produced lovely eggs, which she did not eat. Meanwhile, inside the coop, eggs continued to be eaten. Boy two was sent back for free to be more vigilant. Soon we had two jail birds, both laying eggs they didn’t eat, and a coop full of chickens, also not eating eggs. After a few weeks, we returned the prisoners. Apparently jail time is a deterrent in poultry.
When egg eating resumed, a chicken, who may or may not have been one of the original felons was remanded to private custody. A few days later, a skunk dug under the fence of the prison and kidnapped her for consumption. We told the chickens what had happened, so the whole flock towed the line and things were ship shape. Somewhere in there we dealt with rats and started wondering if the chickens were all innocent – even the one in the belly of the skunk.
Winter came. Snow. Snow. Ice. Snow. Cold. Ice. Wind. Dark. The chickens stopped laying all but an egg or two a day, then started their way back up to normal production. A few weeks ago, someone started eating eggs again. It’s not just the wasted eggs that make me crazy, it’s the fact that the eggs we do get are covered in bits of hay glued on with egg yolk. A few days ago, I finally cracked (no pun intended, no egg yolk involved). Options were to try some of the many bits of available advice, or kill all the chickens. Both appealed, the first was more expedient.
Three part approach was as follows: 1. Added some extra protein to their diet. Their diet should be better than fine already, but just in case. 2. Put a golf ball in every spot they like to lay. Supposedly they get sore beaks pecking at the golf ball. I found that thought calming. 3. Blew out a raw egg and refilled it with mustard. Apparently they hate mustard. They go at the mustard egg and then are so turned off that they are not as keen about eating eggs.
Results: Mustard egg was devoured in its entirety. No one has eaten an egg in two days. I am wondering what benefits their might be from feeding mustard eggs to children.