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Caught my hen pushing her new egg out of box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DallasChickenMama, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. DallasChickenMama

    DallasChickenMama Just Hatched

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    I just busted one of my NHR hens laying a beautiful egg, then pushing it out of the laying box onto the ground. It broke, and I've found a few others on the ground cracked lately. Any ideas on why????
     
  2. Nancyjane

    Nancyjane Out Of The Brooder

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    Uh oh. Same problem here, except mine are rescues and too stupid to even go UP to the nests so I gave them nests on the ground, planning to raise them bit by bit.
    They suddenly started laying anywhere on the ground and eating them! The RIR lays up in the nest and rarely eats hers.
    I can't afford to keep chickens who don't lay, but being former "caged" farm chickens, I can't just let them go free range. They'll be killed in no time!
    I'm interested in any replies you get also./ Nancy
     
  3. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Chillin' With My Peeps

    You need to install a board in the opening to make it impossible for them to push the eggs out the door. Better yet use roll-out nestboxes.

    So far these nesboxes have been working well.

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  4. DallasChickenMama

    DallasChickenMama Just Hatched

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    Thank you for your help. Putting the board up has helped alot.
     

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