First eggs - but hen wants to drop them on plywood

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cbrodsky, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. cbrodsky

    cbrodsky In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2008
    We are currently 3/4 on egg yield - one was cracked on the end, I suspect because she keeps kicking out all the nesting material in the center of the nest, thus exposing the plywood bottom. She did this first with pine shavings that had a golf ball. Then I tried no golf ball, but refilled shavings - she kicked those out too. Then I tried straw. She kicked all straw out of two boxes and in the third, pushed it out from the center and laid an egg there.

    Do most people line the bottom with something soft? I worry it would be hard to keep clean, but also don't want to risk a cracked open egg getting eaten.

    I'm going to make the front lip a bit higher to make it harder to kick stuff out, but she may still just push it out from the center leaving a nice hard wooden target to drop the egg on.

    Thanks for any other ideas...

  2. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    I have seen some posts on ere about putting some indoor/outdoor carpet in the bottom of the nest, or the plastic netting stuff that is like foam (i use it as shelf liner to stop the rim of my glassware from getting chipped)
  3. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    You can tack an old piece of bath towel or an old dish towel from the kitchen, too. At least it will give your eggs a soft place to land.
  4. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    I had this problem and put a piece of cardboard in the nesting box. Problem solved.

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