Getting cracked eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AndyL, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. AndyL

    AndyL Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 12, 2009
    Does anyone have any quick ideas/answers to helping me solve my cracked egg problem? I have plenty of wood shavings in the coop and some nice foam rubber on the bottom of the nesting boxes but some of my eggs still seem to be cracking before I can collect them. Any ideas would be appreciated! Thanks
  2. RickiHupp

    RickiHupp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2008
    Newark, Ohio
    Do alot of chickens use the same box? They might be accidently stepping on them?!
  3. jafo

    jafo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    I'd guess either the foam rubber ain't thick enough or the hens are kicking 'em around and cracking them themselves. Our birds have nice nesting boxes with shavings mixed with hay, but prefer the old bread rack under the poop board full of hay. We have'nt had a crack ever. [​IMG]
  4. 7cutechix

    7cutechix Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 9, 2009
    East Central Indiana
    I get one once in a while when they move the straw around to a bare wood bottom in the nest. I put more straw in and fluff it up. Maybe they need more calcium for a stronger shell? Do you grind up their shells and feed it back to them? Or give them yogurt? Any extra calcium might help.
  5. tdgill

    tdgill Overrun With Chickens

    mine also scratch the straw away till just the plywood bottom, and no cracked eggs, even when i hear them plop onto the plywood! hahah. guessing more calcium. oyster shells and their eggs shells too.
  6. twister

    twister Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2009
    OK, THIS exact thing happened to me , b.c. I switched from hay to shavings in the nest box. After a lot of messes of broken eggs and cleaning that box of gooey egg remains... I switched back to lining it w. HAY. NO more broken eggs. I will NEVER go back to shavings.

    Had only 3 hens laying in that box. Also, good reccommendations above about upping their calcium intake, crumble egg shells and feed back to them, yogurt, and supplement w. oyster shell ( can get this at your local co-op)

    here's ms. turkey, doing her thing! :) ( she must be thinking w. her lil evil eye... 'back away and no one will get hurt!" lol )


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