Birds Kicking Out Nesting Box Materials

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PinkyZChickenZ, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. PinkyZChickenZ

    PinkyZChickenZ Hatching

    Feb 3, 2016
    Hello, I have read previous threads on this subject. I use pine shavings, hay and a hay straw mixture as bedding and coop materials. I have a hutch off the ground which has a run under it as well as 12 feet in front of it, covered. My 6 nesting boxes have a slight lip and are sectioned off. The birds keep kicking everything out of the nesting boxes onto the pullout board. How do I deter this since they could lay any day now and I do not want broken eggs, Suggestions??

  2. meowoui

    meowoui Chirping

    Aug 11, 2013
    Our hens do the same thing, what is surprising is that we hardly ever get a broken egg. I have watched the hen stand up
    drop the egg on the hard nesting box (since they pushed out the material) did not break, when you get your first egg and go
    and crack open you will see how hard it is to crack. Hens like to have the material around them but not under them, why who knows
    I can't get them to tell me why the do that[​IMG]

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  3. szczur

    szczur In the Brooder

    Aug 30, 2015
    I'm having the same problem with my pullets who are starting to lay. The layers go in a make a nest and the ones who aren't quite there yet like going in and scratching the hay out. I duct taped some thick rubber shelf liner to the bottom so they aren't cracking eggs or pooping on the wood. You could also use outdoor carpet or mat!
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  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    One of the many reasons I use long dried grass. Also known as hay. It mats into a monolithic nest that can't be kicked out. It's matted and twisted to form a hat. I turn it over as it starts to soil over time so get long use from small amount in each nest.
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  5. WRanch

    WRanch In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2016
    I solved this problem by using sawdust in their nesting boxes. They can't kick it out and cleaning out the poo they leave is easy since I use a cat litter scoop. [​IMG]

    BTW, chicken poo is great in gardens...flower or veggie.
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  6. Hholly

    Hholly Songster

    Jul 3, 2015
    Amo, IN
    I have one hen who pulls out pieces of straw and tries to put them on her back, for some reason. Lol. They're goofy creatures. I just keep putting the straw back.
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  7. meowoui

    meowoui Chirping

    Aug 11, 2013
    Some times I will see a hen do the same thing with throwing a leaf or hay or whatever it may be, I just figured that was their
    way of making the nest more comfy around them.
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  8. harmesonfarm

    harmesonfarm Songster

    Oct 7, 2015
    Nanaimo, BC
    I'm having the same issue...I use pine shavings which so far is the only material i found that they won't remove entirely out of the nesting boxes. What I do still find though is their digging it out to make a nest and are laying onto the hard floor...I have started to come across a few cracked eggs, no good!

    I'm wondering if their doing that to nest but I'm not supplying a deep enough area for them to comfortably do so and still have some covering the floor. I'll be trying to double the amount I add in, hopefully that helps.

    Hope you find a solution! No one wants broken eggs when your so excited to finally have your pullets begin to lay!
  9. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Songster

    Jul 25, 2009
    Ribera New Mexico
    I have heard you can use outdoor carpeting or AstroTurf and that will work. Easy to clean just take it out and hose it down. They can not kick that out.

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