cracked eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cousin dave, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. cousin dave

    cousin dave Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are starting to lay, and they consistintly kick or scratch most of the straw out of the nest box. A few birds must be standing up to lay, and the egg falls to the plywood floor of the nest box and cracks. Anyone have a solution? I thought about a carpet pad under the straw, but they will just scratch it to oblivion.
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  2. l-o-v-e

    l-o-v-e Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you need to add more straw and if that doesnt work sprinkle cumin in the egg and leave it that should keep the chickens from scratching any more of the eggs
     
  3. Animol

    Animol Out Of The Brooder

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    I have no idea. You could give them layers pellets to strengthen the shells but I don't see why they're cracking that easily. They're designed to fall point down so the whole shell takes the impact and it doesnt crack from small heights. How long have they been laying for?
     
  4. cousin dave

    cousin dave Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not all laying yet. 24 birds, 9 or ten laying, only two cracked so far but cracked on the pointed end
     
  5. Animol

    Animol Out Of The Brooder

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    It might be just because they have started laying and have weaker egg shells so I wouldn't worry about it unless it persists for more that a couple weeks for the ones that are already laying.
     
  6. mickey328

    mickey328 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of ours like lots of straw, and some like nearly none...they're constantly "rearranging the furniture" in the nest box. We finally took a piece of a welcome mat and stuck it in the bottom. It's the kind that has the plastic bristles for wiping feet. It's tough so they can scratch to their hearts' content and not do any damage. Only once have they ever dislodged it. When it gets icky, we take it out and hose it off. The bristles provide good support for the egg so even if it falls from a stand or gets rolled around, it's rarely damaged. It's worked extremely well for us.

    You might also provide extra calcium for them...either crushed oyster shell or you can even grind their eggshells and make them available. Chickens are pretty good about knowing what they need. We keep a container of grit and one of shells topped off and available for them so they can help themselves to what they need. Some of our shells are downright difficult to break into, LOL.
     
  7. cousin dave

    cousin dave Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks. love the welcome mat idea. feeding Layena. does that need supliment?
     
  8. mickey328

    mickey328 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a good idea to offer calcium and grit as free choice regardless...it works better than having it mixed in the food. If they free range and have access to grit sized stones, you wouldn't need to supplement, but extra calcium is generally a good idea. Even if it's in the feed, some girls need more than others.
     
  9. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might want to consider adding a lip to your nest boxes if they don't have one. They like to move stuff around and a lip will keep more in.
     
  10. Havenhill Farn

    Havenhill Farn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am having the same issue, when one of my hens lays an egg the pointy end gets cracked. I like the welcome mat idea and i might try it. My girls are on laying mash and oyster shells and this didn't start happening until about a week ago. they are barely cracked but I haven't been keeping the eggs, I probably could but I give them to my pot belly pig,she could probably use the extra calcium since she is pregnant(surprise surprise).
     

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