Why not just let them lay on the ground?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Salt and Light, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. Salt and Light

    Salt and Light Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Osteen, FL
    This may be stupid, but why not just let them lay their eggs on the soft ground?

  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    When some of my hens first started laying they laid them on the ground or the floor of the coop. I don't have a problem with them laying on the ground, except that I had to watch where I was stepping.

    But I did notice a few things that make me glad they've all begun to lay in the nesting boxes - eggs laid on the ground get dirty, stepped on, pecked at, broken, and rolled all over the place.
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Quote:That's why nestboxes are a good idea. The eggs are safe there.
  4. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    As the above poster said, it helps keep them clean and out of harms way. I know I sure do like just going to the nesting boxes and getting my eggs instead of looking for them all over the ground.

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