Cracked eggs?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pippsqueak, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. pippsqueak

    pippsqueak Out Of The Brooder

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    So right now in my nesting box its just plywood and shavings but, hens are scratching all the shavings out as they are trying to lay so when the egg drops it cracks on one side. Is there something I can do to make it padded when the eggs drop out that they won't kick around or eat.
     
  2. Chinchilla2

    Chinchilla2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could try hay instead of shavings. Put in a bed of shavings, add a handful or two of dry hay. If the hay doesn't get scratched out, you could slowly start to remove it over time leaving just the shavings, if you want.
     
  3. AnaD

    AnaD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cut a bit of cardboard to fit the bottom of the nest box when no matter how much nesting material or what kind it always got scratched away. So far it works great.
     
  4. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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