Sunday, 10 June 2007

How to build an egg catching nesting box for chickens - video

This instructional video shows how to make an egg drop nesting box for your chickens.

10 comments:

Pam deMarrais said...

Wow! Well done! Thanks for sharing your clever idea.

Elaine said...

Wow Wow, Thanks for sharing the egg catching nesting box. I have had chickens and they always end up laying the eggs in the corner of the room.My chickens are 17 weeks old so I had better get on the ball and get the nest built. Thanks again. Elaine Rocharz Middleboro, MAnsipkg

miss P said...

hello, I have 5 hens who have all been doing a great job of laying eggs for us, recently one was lost and eaten by a coyote at night :( The other 4 haven't been laying and we assumed that was why. This morning I followed 2 feathers after I let them out and she led me to the "nest" they had made in the yard, there were at least 20 eggs there and half were broken presumably by rats. How do I get them to lay in the coop again? We never had a problem before and I don't know what to do help!

Gina said...

Sorry you lost one :-(
Sometimes placing 'false' eggs (such as ceramic, wooden ones, or even golf balls) can help encourage them to lay in your preferred place. It may also be worth keeping them in the coop an extra hour or so (assuming they mainly lay in the morning) so that they will hopefully be encouraged to use their coop facilities. The other thing is to collect the eggs as soon as possible from their 'secret' nest - now that it is no longer a secret and they can not build up a collection of eggs, they may not be as keen to use it instead of their normal ones.

Anonymous said...

hiya found your vid very interestin.i have 2 hens and have jus built sum nesting boxes,so now i need to add the egg catcher,but i was jus wonderin how the eggs go down the hole?? how do they know to lay in the middle?????
thanx

Gina said...

The bedding in a nesting box does usually have a dip in the centre and so the eggs in theory will naturally end up fairly central.

Anonymous said...

Hi,love your site,very informative.
I have 5 hens,i have had them since they were 2 weeks old,they are now just gone 3 months,i have just finished building a chicken house,pretty darn flash i think,however,when can i expect my girls to start laying eggs and is there anything i can do to encourage the laying process?,as far as i know they have all they need,lots of food,fresh water and nesting boxes with fresh lucerne straw,thanks...Tony

Gina said...

Most breeds will have started laying by 6 - 7 months old, but some breeds are as late as 1 year and others as early as 16 weeks. A feed specifically formulated for layers (layers pellets / layers mash etc.) is usually the best to help them lay eggs as it contains all the vitamins and nutrients they need for the egg laying process. The usual guideline is for the layers feed to make up at least 90% of their daily intake with no more than 10% for 'treats' such as scratch/corn etc.

Anonymous said...

I purchased 6 "pullets" from a local hatchery in January. They were from the October hatch, so they were all feathered out. Just about a week ago, my 2 Barred Rocks started to crow (I guess that is what you would call it)! They have no spurs that I can see. Do have pullets or roosters?

Anonymous said...

They are roosters if they are crowing