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    kevinhannan

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Normally I'm quite competent at the old diy but for some strange reason I don't understand how the egg gets to the egg-tray. I'm guessing the hen is sat on the floor of the box all nicely lined with hay, plops out an egg, and hey presto, Tommy Cooper magic the egg is in the tray. Even if the floor is slanted, the hay would stop the roll? I'm genuinely sorry for being thick!

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    jrossettikevinhannan

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    The floor is bare. After having hens for a few years I've decided against using any kind of bedding material.

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    kevinhannanjrossetti

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Oh Right! Thank You!

    That explains quite a lot!

    I might have to have a think of that for my flock...

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    target022

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice job. I like the rolling egg concept.
    My hens all favor one nest box over the other, so I'll get half a dozen eggs in one pile when I get home. Luckily I don't get a lot of broken ones.
    Do you line the box with hay or anything, would it affect the rolling of the egg?

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    jrossettitarget022

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks!

    In the old nesting box, I used straw or shredded paper, but even with a tall 'lip' of about 4" the crazy girls would still manage to kick it all out. In this new nesting box, just the strip of foam insulation is all I use, the floor is completely bare.