Originally Posted by perchie.girl
9 cube7s..... so you have like 40-50 hens?
I have 10, originally because i wanted them to have a warm place to snuggle in winter but now i have 22 birds and with fake eggs in each nest i expect them to be used with little fighting. With only 5 laying right now they still complain if somebody is in the one they want. You think they make noise when they lay, you should hear them cussing an encroacher out :-) They also stay cleaner with more nests.
I am ecstatic that they all, automatically switched to the higher perches to roost. They used to roost in the nests and made a real mess. Now my nests stay clean and my eggs never, ever have any poop on them.
Speaking of clean eggs, anyone know what method pros use to clean the eggs? I just soak them in a weak dish soap solution to kill any bacteria etc.. I havnt seen any negative issues doing this but i know where you have animals you have salmonella so i do it as a precaution. Store eggs are typically rolled out of the box as soon as they are laid so they cant get dirty but i think many are also washed with something.