There are styles of separate next boxes that allow the egg to roll out the back after the hen lays it. That way any hen will have no access to that egg until the owner retrieves it later on. And, depending on how your chicken house is set up, I've seen where a "funnel" is added to the bottom of the nesting area, the egg rolls out of the hen and into the rubber funnel into a small padded chamber below. Folks are so incredibly clever in figuring out how to solve this problem, it never ceases to amaze me. There have also been stories of blowing out an egg and filling it with something distasteful to poultry....yes, they do have taste buds - not as many as humans have, however, and their taste buds are located near the back of the tongue.
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But, as always, prevention is the key, and there are times that once the habit is established in a flock of hens, they may all have to be replaced if any of these suggestions do not work.
Have a great weekend!