Why are they emptying out the nesting box before they lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chris10sen, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. chris10sen

    chris10sen In the Brooder

    May 30, 2010
    I need help. I am new to this chicken thing. I have 5 girls and one has been laying steady as she goes. Yesterday was the first day I had two! The problem I am having though is not laying in the box, but they dump everything out of the box so it is straight linoleum. Both eggs were cracked yesterday=[​IMG] I have pine shavings in the coop and I have straw in the nesting box. Any ideas? Yesterday I decided to mix the straw in with the pine shavings in the coop and I put straight pine in the box. I don't know what else to try. Silly girls. The eggs were both right by the golf ball.....
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2010

  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Do you have a board to hold the pine shaving in.[​IMG]
  3. chris10sen

    chris10sen In the Brooder

    May 30, 2010
    We have roughly a 3" board trying to keep the straw in.
  4. sovia

    sovia Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Black Hills of SD
    I had a similar problem until I purchased some of the natural fiber nest pads from eggcartons.com when I was trying to boost the dollar amount of my order. (I wanted pink egg cartons and that was the place to get them.[​IMG]) Anyhow, I love those things and have continued to use them ever since.
  5. Uzuri

    Uzuri Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    Some of them just don't want anything in the nest with them -- golf balls, other eggs, straw, you name it. Just put in some sort of padding that they can't remove, like felt, or sovia's suggestion of the next pads, to cushion the eggs. Since you have lino in there, you might even want to take that up and put a nice cushy pad under it, then replace it -- the give should be enough, even if the lino is the top surface.

    I have a couple who scratch all the litter out of my nests as well; my boxes have kind of a low clearance, though, so they can't really stand tall and drop the eggs from a height. That and I keep them well stocked with oyster; we've got seriously hard shells here.
  6. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    Some people have suggested old carpet or carpet samples. You could also try those rubber mats that people who stand all day use.

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