How to Stop Dogs From Eating Chicken Eggs

by Sarah Dray
Leaving eggs unattended? Doggie will find them!

Leaving eggs unattended? Doggie will find them!

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If you're raising chickens, chances are you want to be the one enjoying the eggs. If your dog is getting to them before you do, well, it might be time for an intervention. Ideally, you can keep Rufus away from the eggs before he does any damage and realizes how yummy the stuff is. But even if he's already tried them, you might still be able to keep him away using a few tricks.

Step 1

Secure the chicken coop. Either built a completely sealed-up enclosure or change the door. If you have a big dog, you're in luck -- chickens don't need a big opening to get in and out of their sleeping area. So give them a tiny opening -- big enough for them to move in and out but too small for your big boy to make it through.

Step 2

Keep your eye on Rufus at all times. Giving him free rein of the yard is a bad idea if he's going to get in trouble every time you look the other way. Instead, make a habit of blocking access to the coop when he's alone -- either by locking him inside the house or building a fence or barrier between Rufus and the chickens. When you're home, take him with you to pick up the eggs. That way you have a chance to enforce the "no" and "leave it!" every time he tries to reach for one.

Step 3

Make the eggs an unpleasant surprise. If you don't want to use your own eggs, buy a few from the supermarket. Then poke a small hole on each side using a needle and empty the contents out. Fill the egg with some hot sauce. Do this with a few eggs and then place them where Rufus is more likely to look -- for example, near the entrance of the chicken coop. Next time he bites into an egg, he'll discover they're not such a cool thing after all.

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About the Author

Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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