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Rollaway nest
« on: March 13, 2020, 10:36 »
Can anyone help me with a rollaway nest. One of my hens has starting to eat the eggs but not only her own but all of them. They are all free range hens. I bought a rollaway nest but the problem is I don't know what to line them with so the eggs will roll. Also how do you get a hen to accept a change in nest with no straw thanks for replys

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Re: Rollaway nest
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2020, 10:55 »
I use sawdust in nest boxes, but I haven't used a rollaway one.  They don't need a 'nest' as such to lay, just a quiet space a sit.  You might be surprised how well they manage with the change  :)

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Re: Rollaway nest
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2020, 11:22 »
Thanks for that sawdust is a good idea and works well but with a rollaway itís not good I donít think because the eggs will get stuck and wouldnít roll. Itís only a plastic bottom with holes in but need something smooth and comfortable to lay in and allow the eggs to roll smoothly  plus it keeps the poo off the plastic

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Re: Rollaway nest
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2020, 11:28 »
I had an elderly hen who was troubled with rheumatic legs and I got her a pet feeding mat to sit on.  It was soft and rubbery, sort of like wetsuit material and she used to like it.  It was her favoured seat for her daily garden viewing sit downs.

Found it  :)

https://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/silicone-placemat


Sorry - link was wonky - should be Ok now
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Re: Rollaway nest
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2020, 12:00 »
Thatís good advise as well Iím going to keep all the replies in my head and hopefully Iíll get some more answers and have a try at a few thanks for that

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Re: Rollaway nest
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2020, 18:45 »
I bought a roll away nest box for just the same reason, I installed it in the run but they refused to use it, so I rejigged the house & have managed to fit it in there for the time being. Itís taken about 7 weeks for them to start to use it. The hens are now using it every day, regardless that there is just the plastic mat in there, I did put sawdust in the covered egg collection area as I had a couple of cracked eggs, that seems to have worked. Iím working towards taking the house away as they are in a covered run, but first I need to make it less draughty, then I will reinstall the roll away nest box into the run.
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Re: Rollaway nest
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2020, 19:16 »
So thatís another thing I can keep in mind itís a good idea. I was thinking maybe an old car mat cut into shape but it wonít be that cosy

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Re: Rollaway nest
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2020, 20:43 »
I think just give them time, at least the one supplied can be washed, might help stop any broodiness lol

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Re: Rollaway nest
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2020, 21:24 »
It might well do. I will get there eventually, everything is just trial and error at the moment



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