A Tip To Stop Poultry Tipping Up Their Feeders

I have received a chicken feeder tip from Anthony Marriott from Marriotts Smallholding to help stop your poultry from tipping up their feeder.

Anthony says, “We have found that chickens like to scratch their feeders as much as the grass etc.

To solve this problem just get a couple of galvanised tent pegs and push one in the ground each side of the feeder and clip them over the respective edge to stop the chickens from tipping them over and wasting the food, and making a mess.

This method also allows the pegs to be moved with the feeder, of course you can always use a hanging feeder but these are not always a viable option.

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Why Do Hens Eat Eggs?

I am often asked why hens eat their eggs.

  • Egg eating can begin when a hen finds a broken egg.
  • They get a taste for the eggs, they really love the egg yolk and I wonder if this has nutrients in it that they crave.
  • Sometimes they do it out of boredom.

Here are some tips to try to sort the egg eating problem!

* Gather eggs more frequently or earlier. The longer the egg stays in the egg house the more chance of the egg being broken.
* Make nest boxes as dark as possible. Bright lights in the nesting area can increase nervousness and picking behavior.
* Fill empty egg shells with mustard. They do not like the taste of the mustard.
* Use coloured stones or pebbles to discourage egg eating. The hens will peck at them and when they can’t break them they will ignore the real eggs.
* Give hens plenty of oyster shell and green vegetables.
* Hang treats from the ceiling to distract them.
* Feed mash instead of pellets as the hens fulfil their intake more quickly on pellets and therefore have more time for bad habits!
* Trim the birds beaks or place a pecking device on their beak.

I was given the tip of adding mustard to egg shells but the only mustard I had was flavoured with mead and honey and was wholegrain and the hens seems to like it.

Do you have any tips for stopping hens eating eggs? If so then please leave a comment.

If you keep hens or are interested in keeping hens then visit the farmingfriends hen forum for the latest chat about hens and then check out the books shown below about keeping hens which are informative and excellent for the beginner and a handy reference for the more experienced hens keeper.

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Fencing Hens To Protect Against Foxes

My friend Trisha from Birdtablenews has sent me a message on my farmingfriends twitter page to say, “We have 4 hens and can’t put them out because of a fox. We are in middle of fencing a small field that has a hen hut, do you think that putting up a large fence will keep foxes out?” Trisha

Fencing used to protect hens from foxes needs to be at least 6 feet (2m) tall with an overhang at the top tp prevent the fox climbing over it. Please note that foxes can climb.

The fencing also needs to be dug into the ground to a depth of at least 30 cm to prevent the fox from digging under it.

Foxes can bite through ordinary chicken wire. You can get chain link fencing.

Electric fencing can also be used to protect hens from foxes.

Let me know how you protect your hens from foxes and the type of fencing you have.

If you keep hens or are interested in keeping hens then visit the farmingfriends hen forum for the latest chat about hens and then check out the books shown below about keeping hens which are informative and excellent for the beginner and a handy reference for the more experienced hens keeper.

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Tips To Stop or Prevent Hens Eating Eggs

My hens have recently started to eat the duck eggs that are laid in the early morning before 8am. My hens and ducks are kept in the smae hut but I don’t want the hens to eat the duck eggs so I have been looking at tips to stop egg eating.

  • Gather eggs more frequently or earlier.
  • Make nest boxes as dark as possible.
  • Fill empty egg shells with mustard. They do not like the taste of the mustard.
  • Use coloured stones or pebbles to discourage egg eating. The hens will peck at them and when they can’t break them they will ignore the real eggs.
  • Give hens pleanty of oyster shell and green vegetables.
  • Feed mash instead of pellets as the hens fulfil their intake more quickly on pellets and therefore have more time for bad habits!
  • Trim the birds beaks.

Egg eating can be a difficult habit to break once it has started, so if you have any tips please let me know what has worked for you.

If you keep hens or are interested in keeping hens then visit the farmingfriends hen forum for the latest chat about hens and then check out the books shown below about keeping hens which are informative and excellent for the beginner and a handy reference for the more experienced hens keeper.

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