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Thank you for sharing this.  I need to know what the material is that you used as the "mat" of the nesting box.  I am not sure if a scrub jay or one of my hens are getting to the eggs so I am planning to make this.  When I go looking for the mat material what do I look for.  Thanks.

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I use these nesting pads I got from QC Supply because they do a 12"x13" version.



With some trial and error I ended up going for an almost flat configuration. The incline is very slight. You can place an egg on the nesting pad and it won't roll, but the momentum of the drop and any chicken interaction means eggs always end up in the astro turf compartment below.



These pads have been in use for a while now, and they're great. Haven't needed to clean them yet, but that would be easy.



The pads are wide enough so that my chickens can continue their habit of cramming more than one chicken into one nesting box. I do get the odd egg laid outside of nesting box one when 2 chickens are crammed into it. I'm considering one long communal nesting box as future idea to avoid this.



2 other thoughts:
RFID tags for chickens to track time spent in nesting boxes and identify layer.
Weight sensor to confirm egg laid.
Edited by kie4 - 4/17/17 at 7:22am
Buff Orpington | New Hampshire Red | Ayam Cemani | Crested Cream Legbar | Silver Welbar | Blue Orpington | Araucana | Ameraucana | White Minorca | Blue Laced Red Wyandotte | Super Blue Egg Layer and BCMs taken by a hawk
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Buff Orpington | New Hampshire Red | Ayam Cemani | Crested Cream Legbar | Silver Welbar | Blue Orpington | Araucana | Ameraucana | White Minorca | Blue Laced Red Wyandotte | Super Blue Egg Layer and BCMs taken by a hawk
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Thank you for idea. I can not wait until there old enough and ready to start laying.
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