What can I do..?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by blckbrnfamly, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. blckbrnfamly

    blckbrnfamly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2009
    Southeast, Arizona
    All but one of my chickens totally empties the nest box before they lay, I've watched each chicken walk into the nest box area and you can hear the scratch scratch of their nails on the floor of the boxes, I've added copious amounts of extra bedding, but they still do it.... I have found cracked egg after cracked egg. Is there something I can place on the bottom of the nest boxes that is soft enough to keep them from cracking?
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    spongy shelf liner? Glue down felt?
  3. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    Try a piece of scrap carpet.


    ETA: ...with padding underneath if you think you need it.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2010
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Use "indoor/outdoor" carpet or "marine" carpet, and you can wash it off with a hose when it gets soiled
  5. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    LIttle Buggers! Can you raise the front of the nestbox so it is harder to push the bedding out? (I had this same problem). Anything to save those beautiful eggs!
  6. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    you could try gluing some soft moss down to the bottom of the box. (they sell it at the craft store)
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Commercial nestbox liners would be something like coir matting (expensive, needs periodic replacement) or squares of the stuff that some doormats are made of (with 3/4" long flexible spikes kind of like very sparse coarse fake grass, you know what i mean?, usually they are green or black?).

    However I am with chookchick in suspecting the problem could probably be solved by a higher lip on the front of the nestboxes. Mine are mostly about 4" high lip and some bedding still gets kicked out; 6-8" or even higher would not be excessive, as long as there is still room for the chicken to get into the nestbox (depends how tall your box is and what the top/front are shaped like)

    Good luck, have fun,

  8. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
  9. blckbrnfamly

    blckbrnfamly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2009
    Southeast, Arizona
    Thanks everyone for the replies, our boxes have a 4" lip on them, maybe I'll have DH raise it a couple of inches. But I think just incase I'm going to put something under the bedding.
    Katy- Thanks for the link!!

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