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post #11 of 19

When my hens were eating the eggs, there was very little evidence aside for increase in number of eggs and sticky hay in the nest box.  They ate shell and all.  Sounds like yours are poking holes as @oldhenlikesdogs said.  I would try what the other posters have recommended and if at all possible, I'd try to cover the nest boxes.  If they only have room to climb in and out, they are less likely to trample over top of the boxes.  Keep us posted:D

post #12 of 19

 

Hi, new to this forum. Yesterdays eggs, all of my eggs have this. Nearly all broke right on the small end. Is that the way the deliver from the chicken? No totally busted eggs just this. Is this a peck or a break on impact? I have built the nest so all eggs roll out under a board, but removed nest material as it interfered and I was get more stepped on.

These are large chicken, Heritage Delaware.. 

I have noted the shells seem thin so have added a supplement. 

 

Tawny


Edited by TawnyH - 2/2/16 at 9:35am
post #13 of 19
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Hi, new to this forum. Yesterdays eggs, all of my eggs have this. Nearly all broke right on the small end. Is that the way the deliver from the chicken? No totally busted eggs just this. Is this a peck or a break on impact? I have built the nest so all eggs roll out under a board, but removed nest material as it interfered and I was get more stepped on.

These are large chicken, Heritage Delaware.. 

I have noted the shells seem thin so have added a supplement. 

 

Tawny

Could be combination of thin shells and no bedding and/or roll path of roll out nests.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #14 of 19

Are you sure it was the chickens that did it? It's weird that they're all broken at the small end.I wonder if some other critter could be the culprit.  If it was your chickens, you might try boosting their protein as some chickens eat eggs looking for more protein. Also, if you look at the design of some roll away nest boxes, they have some carpet or something in the bottom to cushion the eggs as the roll down.

post #15 of 19

Thanks, for the reply. I am going to get some of those carpet squares at thrift to cushion the egg landing, in the meantime I am going to see if I can find a cleanable sort of pad designed for this application? The Heritage Delawares are big girls so my roll away design is just simple gone under the board, out of sight thing. 

BTW I love your avatar :)

post #16 of 19

There hen house is closed every night so no suspecting another intruder. Just curious, when a hen lays her egg, will the small end come first?

TawnyH 

post #17 of 19

Thanks for your reply. The Delawares are big chickens and the rooster huge, so the nest are 12 x 24 with a low 12" clearance to discourage the rooster from entering the nest.

post #18 of 19

I was trying to find a picture of a nest box with the carpet installed, but I can't find it. But the carpet goes on the ramp, and curls up slightly at the bottom to act as a bumper of sorts. Hope it helps.

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