egg is cracking on the wooden nest box...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sunket77, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. sunket77

    sunket77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2009
    Texas Hill Country!
    I have 4 nest boxes, 3 are plastic bins and one is a wooden nest box. Only 2 of my pullets are laying and they have been fighting over one of the plastic nest boxes and only laying in that one. But today one picked the wooden one and I just happened to be standing near to here it drop. It sounded loud so I ran out in case it did crack I didn't want her to eat it. The egg was in tact but had a couple "hairline" fractures where dropped. The shells are good and hard (as hard as store bought) and the bedding is hay. Of course for some reason they push all the hay to one side of the box. Has anyone else had a problem with eggs cracking from hitting the wood to hard? Should I take out the wooden box? I have 10 pullets. Thanks!
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I ended up screwing a piece of scrap carpet in the bottom, easy to take out and either clean or replace. Thin foam sheeting works, too, but it tears up more rapidly.

    It's so frustrating, and no amount of "talking to" will make them pay attention! [​IMG]
  3. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Put in more straw! If there is enough straw in there they won't be ABLE to push it to the side. They'll make a nice little nest and be happy. But a little pad or carpeting wouldn't hurt either.
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Line the bottom with cardboard or linoleum flooring (easy to clean).
  5. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    I put a paper bag at the bottom and then cover with shavings. It works really well and helps with easy cleaning too.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I pack my nestboxes so full of hay there's no way the hens could push it all out far enough to expose the bottom of the nest.
  7. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist

    Aug 1, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    We put a piece of cardboard down under the straw and that fixed the problem.
  8. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    more calcium [​IMG] 'hard as store bought' isnt very good to me. Maybe your store eggs have good shells, but mine are pretty wussy
  9. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    My nestboxes are old wooden fruit crates.
    I fill them with pine shavings - about 3" deep - and so far the 2 pullets who have started laying have kicked the shavings around some & rearranged them into nests but no eggs have been broken.
    The shavings pack down where they sit and make it cushy.
  10. Jen4

    Jen4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2008
    Munfordville, KY
    Mine do that too! Going to have to try some of these ideas [​IMG]

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