However, one day you go out to your coop ready to gather eggs and notice a broken egg or two. You don't think too much of it, these things can certainly happen, but maybe you find another broken egg that same week. The next week you find some more broken eggs and now you are beginning to see a real impact to your egg yield.
What's going on? It is not unusual to occasionally lose eggs as result of the behavior of the hens themselves, which means you will likely need to modify the bedding in your nesting boxes to give the eggs a softer place to land.
Here's how we solved our egg breakage problems.
In addition to losing the egg for your own consumption, chickens will often develop a taste for eggs that have cracked and can eventually learn to crack them open for themselves which puts yet another problem on your hands. Therefore, it is important to not only check frequently for eggs and remove them immediately, but also be sure your eggs have a soft, safe place to land.
1. Build the nesting boxes as explained in the How to Build a Chicken Coop section.
2. Place non-slip rubber matting like you would use for lining kitchen shelves and drawers in the bottom of the box and affix very well with a non-toxic glue. It's important to get them stuck on well or you'll just find them out on the coop floor in very quick order.
3. Put fine pine shavings in the boxes. Larger shavings are thrown out more easily when the hens going in and scratch around to make their "nest".