How to deal with an Egg Eater

Have you ever wondered why eggs are disappearing from your coop? Only to realize you have one of your silkies eating the eggs... Usually it has been a pullet or young hen - but essentially almost any chicken can take on the nasty habit.

Breaking that habit is the problem. We have had that problem and tried everything. We have tried plastic egg, rubber egg, mustard, watching the pen 24/7 to catch the egg as it lands... 

We always thought a roll away egg tray/coop as used in commercial facilities would be a great idea but couldn't find the right one to work with Silkies, then it dawned on us....

Jonathan was trawling the internet and came across a quail coop that does exactly that.With automatic waterers, a feed tray and the ability to keep the silkie clean at all times it was a great way to resolve the issue. Once the egg is laid, it rolls away out of reach.

Trying this with our very own 'egg eater' it took 4 days for her not to chase the egg, once this occurred we added oyster shell to her feed in a 50/50 mix. Waited 3 more days and a total of 6 laid eggs. We then returned her to the flock. After adding extra oyster shell to the feed, a separate purely oyster shell area is always available, the habit was finally broken!!!!!

Having your very own egg eater problem with a silkie? You can purchase your own quail coop here.