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Hard landing cracks eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jayzandra, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. Jayzandra

    Jayzandra Songster

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    I have been getting a lot of cracked eggs from my chickens. So I sat and watched one of the EEs lay an egg. She stood up and when it landed on the hard floor of the nest box (she had spread out all the nesting material exposing the wooden floor) it cracked.

    So my question is...

    What would be the best material to use to soften the floor. I was thinking maybe a sturdy rubber mat, or tightly woven carpet?
     

  2. kreagerm

    kreagerm Chirping

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    You're on the right track. I use work out matting in my next boxes and now I have no more cracked eggs. Just make sure to use a material they can't scratch apart and potentially eat.
     
  3. Jayzandra

    Jayzandra Songster

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    I put tightly woven carpet tiles in there. No more cracked eggs! [​IMG]
     

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