I just don't understand

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hisbride, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. hisbride

    hisbride Songster

    Jun 18, 2007
    My pullets are 16 weeks and everytime I put pine straw in their nesting boxes they scratch it clean out! I don't want their first eggs to be cracked because it didn't have something soft to land on.
    We also introduced them to the old ladies and let them in their run and one of the pullets got up on the nesting box and started pecking and eating an egg. Great now a few have a taste for eggs.
    And our Cochin rooster still hasn't crowed. I guess there is hope as I did see him chasing the girls but they out run him or he is just too lazy to catch one. I hope he realizes who is is soon.
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Are your nest boxes deep enough? Is there a board on the front of them, to stop it from falling out? Mine have a wooden box, on its side, with 2....2 inch boards accross the bottom to keep the straw in. Dont know what to tell you about the egg eater...hmmmm.
  3. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    I'd pull the egg eater out of the pen. She will soon educate the other hens that the eggs are good to eat.
  4. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    You could cut a peice of carpet and put it in the bottom of the nest box, they won't be able to scratch that out.
  5. hisbride

    hisbride Songster

    Jun 18, 2007
    Yes there is a board that runs across the nesting boxes. Hens that we have had before have used these these nesting boxes. I just looked in their and each box was filled with poo!:mad:
  6. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Well, they are just being bad!
  7. poppycat

    poppycat Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    Try filling the nest boxes with pine shavings instead. They pack down better and your eggs will be cleaner too. And give the pullets some time to figure out the eggs. Mine pecked them to pieces when they started laying. I just made sure to collect them ASAP so they weren't an interesting temptation. Now they don't pay them any attention.
  8. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Along with the pine shavings you might try putting a couple golf balls in each nest. Hopefully after pecking those a few times they'll lose interest.
  9. FluffyChickenMama

    FluffyChickenMama Songster

    Jun 13, 2007
    I tried to use the shavings and my chickens threw them out too.. as soon as I got the nests all ready and clean they would get busy throwing out the shavings.. so I went to walmart and bought those astroturf type rugs.. they are green and has a big ole white daisy in the corner.. I cut them and put them in the nest.. the chickens love them.. when they are out free ranging they will come back to the nest to lay most of the time.. the best part is they only cost like two dollars and some few cents and you can clean them off with a water hose... [​IMG]
  10. hisbride

    hisbride Songster

    Jun 18, 2007
    I love this idea! Thanks!!

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