How to keep the birds from throwing out the hay in their nesting boxes??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ragerkid2, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That pretty much sums it up. They kick it all out and when they drop an egg it breaks. Only sometimes. But I wish they would leave it in there. The lip isn't very high. Many the height of 3 or 4 pencils stacked on top of each other.
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    New layers? Try a higher lip; inch and a half isn't enough evidently. Put some padding in the bottom of the nest like a square of carpet or rubber to cushion the eggs even if they throw out all the hay.
     
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  3. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not new layers just an annoying problem I'm addressing now. It's not every day but it happens.
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    You need a deeper nest box.
     
  5. The Old Whittler

    The Old Whittler Out Of The Brooder

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    I gave up on straw and wood shavings. They through both out of their nest boxes so I replaced it with carpet. My girls didn't seem to mind the carpet at all and it works really well.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    You need a higher lip on your nest boxes.
     
  7. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Everyone!!!
     
  8. bird boy

    bird boy Out Of The Brooder

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    The astro turf or green outdoor carpet works great. It cushions the eggs and can be shook or washed out when it gets dirty and best of all the hens will not remove it from the nest.
     
  9. NestingHillsSC

    NestingHillsSC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My lip is 5" on every nesting box and it all stays right there. If there new hens they seem to scratch in there until they know what there doing.
     

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