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End of egg cracked

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rsarns, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. rsarns

    rsarns Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My BSL started laying 3 days ago, each day she lays a nice brown egg, even though it is still small, but each day she has cracked the end of the egg. Looks almost like it fell on its end and is pushed in, now its not broken all the way to leaking though. Nice hard shell so that is not the problem. I have shavings and grass/hey in the nest boxes. She does move it all around her so that the egg when I check is laying on the wood section of the nest. I am guessing she is dropping the egg onto the wood, hence the cracked end. How do I fix this? SHould I use more shavings/hay, or get straw?
     
  2. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you can use those rubber feed bowls, then fill it with straw and shavings...it will cushion it when she lays it
     
  3. pippsqueak

    pippsqueak Out Of The Brooder

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    I had the same issue a couple weeks back. My handy husband built a larger lip on the nesting box so I can fill it with more shavings so when they kick it around it doesn't fall out.

    Other ideas that people gave me where to put cardboard down in the bottom below the shavings to cushion them a little. I did that as well and it seemed to work better.

    There is also a link to some mats that you can put in there too. Not sure how long they last but with all the scratching they do I assume you can go through them quickly.
    That link is : http://www.eggcartons.com/13-x-13-Excelsior-Nesting-Pads/productinfo/EP1313/

    So
    far, since my DH fixed the nesting box its been much better and I've also noticed that the more they get use to laying the less cracked eggs I get.

    GOOD LUCK!
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2011
  4. Schrebergaertner

    Schrebergaertner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cardboard did the trick for us. Easy to cut a piece the size/shape of the bottom of the nest box. We've only had one crack since then, and that was because it hit another egg on the way out.
     
  5. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had the same problem. They were scratching down to the wood. I added some pink shipping cushioning stuff under the shredded newspaper. No more cracked eggs.
     
  6. 10 point

    10 point country boy

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    Quote:cardboard worked great for me and I bet they would love to have some hay in there boxes too.
     
  7. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I use those pads and I LOVE THEM!. They are very compact and even with scratching and pulling I have not had to replace them yet. My girls dont sleep or poo in there so it has stayed clean. I have 6 pullets. Here are a couple pics I took today of them in the boxes.

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  8. rsarns

    rsarns Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great ideas! I will bbe putting the cardboard down and putting a bigger lip on the edge of the nest box to hold the shavings in better!
     

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