Egg boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Montanomom3, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. Montanomom3

    Montanomom3 Songster

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    My hens are just starting to lay(i have 5) and they keep kicking all of the bedding out of the egg boxes. How do i prevent this. Because of this the first egg i found was broken in the box because there was absolutely no bedding.
     
  2. Pork Pie

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    I’m not sure what bedding you use but I used dry soil as my nest box “bedding” and never had any issues :confused:
     
  3. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    What do your boxes look like? How deep are they? I use stacking bins and don't have any issues.
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  4. featheredplanets

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  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    Excelsior and plastic nest pads both work pretty well.
    It would help us help you by providing pictures.
     
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  6. Acre4Me

    Acre4Me Crowing

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    My chickens hate excelsior! They kick it out pronto! too bad bc I have a box full of it. We’ve tried straw and shavings. Both these work ok. We’ve used inexpensive outdoor carpet, also fine, but eventually wears out leaving bare wood.

    Currently have an angled nest box, so the eggs roll to a padded back area. However, any bedding present gets in the way and keeps eggs from rolling to the padded area. We are going to re-do the nest boxes to improve a few aspects. At that point, might consider the plastic/washable nest pads.
     
  7. Montanomom3

    Montanomom3 Songster

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    It’s just shavings that we use for the coop... we have 1 hen from our last set and she has no problems and the others before laid their fine and never did this. But we were watching earlier and it’s our black Australorp doing it. Not any of the others
     
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  8. Montanomom3

    Montanomom3 Songster

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    I’ll post a picture of what we have as soon as i pick my daughter up from school. But our other chickens never had a problem so I’m lost lol
     
  9. Montanomom3

    Montanomom3 Songster

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    I will post some as soon as i get gone from getting my daughter from kindergarten thank you!
     
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  10. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

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    I used a deeper nest box with pine in the bottom and timothy hay on the top. The deeper box was the key in our case. It's also on the floor of the coop.
     
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