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I GOT MY FIRST EGG!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DLC Eskies, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. DLC Eskies

    DLC Eskies Out Of The Brooder

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    No clue which girl layed it.

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    There is 1 problem though. My girls keep kicking the bedding out of the nest boxes and my pretty egg broke. It has a hole in it's shell (the membrane is intact) from landing on the hard bottom of the box.
    What can I put in there?
     
  2. allosaurusrock

    allosaurusrock Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm pretty sure there are nest box pads you can get, though I have never used one.
     
  3. crapwagon

    crapwagon Out Of The Brooder

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    Have never used them but know they are an option. You can cut them to size. I assume the clean up isn't very fun if they get dirty. So they may become pricey. To stop the loss of bedding I just made my boxes deeper.
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    I line my nest boxes with linoleum scraps. It helps to cushion the eggs and makes it much easier to clean a nest box if broken eggs do occur.
     
  5. DLC Eskies

    DLC Eskies Out Of The Brooder

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    I already had linoleum pieces in the boxes. It wasn't enough.
    I picked up some nest pads while out. Hopefully they will work.
     
  6. crapwagon

    crapwagon Out Of The Brooder

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    keep in touch and let me know if you like them. I've always been interested if they are worth while or not.
     
  7. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are other causes of cracked eggs. Your egg may not have broken from the lack of bedding. See if it happens again before you go to a lot of trouble. Our hens prefer a nest with very little bedding and the bottom is bare wood ---we've been getting intact eggs for months in that bare nest. If I add more hay they kick it out.
     
  8. crapwagon

    crapwagon Out Of The Brooder

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    Good point.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    CONGRATS!

    New layers are pretty rambunctious...their kicking out the bedding might pass with some time.
    Takes month or so for things to settle down.

    I use a flake of straw stuffed down into nest in a bowl shape, harder to kick it out as flake stays pretty intact.

    Also, having the fronts of the nests at least 3-4" high can help keep all things in the nest.
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2016

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