Nesting box cushion?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sesa, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. sesa

    sesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 hens, one that lays an egg a day and 4 others that are not old enough yet. I have 2 nesting boxes that the one hen uses but she scrapes out all the straw or wood shavings I put in there. Is this normal? Should I even be concerned that she likes to drop her eggs on bare wood?
     
  2. jrudolph305

    jrudolph305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We also have 5 girls with 3 of them laying. It drives us crazy that they dig thru the straw and lay on the wood. So far haven't had any eggs that we feel were damaged from them laying on the floor.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I put shavings in mine. I just pile them up high and the girls scratch out some, but not all. Then I add to the shavings when necessary. Do you have lip on the front of your nesting box?
     
  4. ryanhodapp

    ryanhodapp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a lip on mine and they push all the shavings out. Maybe not the first day but by day 2 or 3, all gone.

    Also, where do I buy those wooden eggs or can you use plastic easter eggs?
     
  5. Jeeper1540

    Jeeper1540 Chillin' With My Peeps

    pine shavings, and a lip so they dont fall out. after about a week, most of the shavings are out, but they dont ever drop them, just the occasional accidental stepping on.
     
  6. gettinaclue

    gettinaclue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought my wooden eggs from Michaels. They were 75 cents or a dollar a piece.
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I got my wooden eggs from the feed store. Or you can use golf balls.
     
  8. sesa

    sesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I've got a lip on the nesting box, but no matter what I put in there either straw or wood shavings it all gets kicked out. What are the wooden eggs for?
     
  9. catterbug

    catterbug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The wooden eggs are put into the nesting boxes to show the chickens where to lay their eggs. If your's are already laying in the boxes then you probally don't need to add any.
     
  10. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My nesting boxes are covered kitty litter boxes so there is a lip and I fill it with shavings.
     

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