Don't Break the Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stroisi, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. stroisi

    stroisi Out Of The Brooder

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    We got one egg from one of the 9 hens on Monday who are 21 weeks old. However, it had a crack. It was layed in one of the boxes, but the chickens keep kicking the shavings out of the box. Leaving a hard wood bottom. 2 Questions. What's the hold up? Once they start to lay, don't they lay one every day? #2, how do you keep the shavings in the box? Or should we use something else in the box for cushion:)
     
  2. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    It takes a little while to get all the "kinks" worked out of their internal system when they start laying, so no, they don't lay every day once they start. Give them a few weeks and they should be, but keep in mind that they do take a day off every so many eggs.

    As for the nest boxes, try hay instead. It's much harder to kick that out than shavings.
     
  3. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We took shelf lining, the rubber kind that comes in rolls and placed it under the straw double layer, no more cracked eggs.
     
  4. buckabucka

    buckabucka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know anyone else who did this, but we used hardware cloth for the floor of the nest box (it is a large community box). It has a little give. I put a layer of straw over that (to keep the wood shavings from falling through), and topped it off with wood shavings. It looks great, but I can't say how it works. We are still waiting for eggs! 15 weeks now, hopefully, only a month to go! [​IMG]

    Robin
     
  5. stroisi

    stroisi Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for the suggestions. One last question. Just got the 2nd egg. Is it ok to eat?
     
  6. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I use oat straw, cushions the eggs as long as you keep it at a decent depth. It is a lot harder for them to kick out and I have less problem in the winter with frozen eggs. Just stuff the box full and they will rearrange it to make a cozy nest.
     
  7. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Why not? Of course it is good to eat, isn't that what eggs are for?[​IMG] (I'm joshing with you--go ahead and eat it.)
     

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