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Chicken poop on eggs...
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Swamphandy    Posted 11-01-2003 at 12:23:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't mind washing them meself, but I jest don't feel right giving away or selling eggs that have poo on them.

We have 22 chickens now, about 8 of them are roosters (I know I know, time to make soup). Our hens share 2 nest boxes for laying. Often the eggs have a little extra fertilizer on them that must be cleaned off.

I suspect the problem is with my nest box design, but I am not sure. Has anyone delt with this problem? How do I get eggs without the fecis?

-Swamphandy


cowgirlj    Posted 11-01-2003 at 18:50:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have 19 hens. 5 closed in nesting boxes, and two wall shelves that are deep enough for the hens to roost on and lay eggs. Lots of room, but at night all but a few hens choose to cram into the 5 boxes. It was pretty funny. They would jam themselves in there head first. Sometimes there would be 6 chicken butts sticking out of one 12" x 12" box. I change their nest bedding at least 2 times a week. Ever since we put a roosting perch in there for them they have spread out and only use the boxes for laying, and there isn't a mess anymore.


Linda in UT    Posted 11-01-2003 at 18:14:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Extra bedding in the nest boxes & gathering eggs more frequently are the only two things I ever found would help keep the eggs a bit cleaner. I think the extra bedding just rubs the chicken poop off as the hens fuss around in the nestbox.


bill b va    Posted 11-01-2003 at 16:37:07       [Reply]  [No Email]

anybody know what that white stuff is on chicken shutt?


Harley    Posted 11-02-2003 at 02:44:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes....Thats chicken shitt too!


Red Dave    Posted 11-01-2003 at 15:58:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had an egg washer for the eggs we sold when I was a kid. Held one egg basket at a time. We also had a wood block that held a loop of sandpaper just for knockin off the stuff that was dry.

Chickens are not neat or clean birds.


Fawteen    Posted 11-01-2003 at 16:16:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I suspect some folks don't realize that the ummmmm "egg exit" is a dual purpose orfice...


Fawteen    Posted 11-01-2003 at 14:04:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
What DeWayne said.

I've got about 4 dozen birds, and 30 boxes and I still get crappy eggs, usually several a day.

Keeping the nest boxes cleaned out and filled with fresh bedding helps some, but it's always gonna be an issue.


Dewayne Hunter    Posted 11-01-2003 at 13:27:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The only way I know to get eggs free of poo it to buy them at the grocery.


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