Chicken harvesting is a very popular method of generating revenue or decreasing egg and beef costs.
For any home owner rearing poultry, the increase in the volume of hens or eggs depends almost 100 % on the chickens – the females that lay the eggs.
As a result, every effort needs to be intended to ensure they lay their eggs effectively under the best conditions.
One way that could be accomplished is by constructing suitable nesting containers.
Listed below are the key items you should think about when creating a nesting bin.
It has always been clear that space is a very much needed necessity among living things. Having enough space in the nesting containers for the hens to thrive in is very important. This can be done in two ways: by altering the size of the nesting container while building it and by limiting the number of hens that go into each. The standard box dimension for the containers is 12″ * 12″.
This size provides enough vertical and horizontal space for a hen to stand and sit as well. However, the size is dynamic and should depend on the size of your hens and how many hens you plan to keep in each nesting container. Don’t forget to reserve space for eggs and demarcate the hens in the coup from each other if possible to prevent anxiety among them.
The Best Building Material
The hens prefer a soft and warm place to lay their eggs and you have to provide them one. If you don’t make the nesting containers comfortable enough for laying eggs, you will find yourself searching all over for the eggs because the hens will lay their eggs outside the containers. You can use straw, wood, and shredded paper but the best material is undoubtedly wood.
The properties of wood are just right for this situation. Lumber repels heat during a hot weather so the inside of the container will remain warm and not too hot. Wood also absorbs water and keeps the inside cool for the hens. The floor of the nesting containers should be covered with dry grass. This is the kind of substance hens prefer laying their eggs on. Plastic and rubber are no match for dry grass in this circumstance.
It doesn’t matter how comfortable and enjoyable a nesting container is for your hens – once it gets very dirty, they’ll get tired of staying in it. You not only have to keep it clean, you also have to keep it organized as well. You shouldn’t expect to see the container the way you arranged it after a few days or weeks.
The main part of the nesting container that gets dirty quickly is the floor – the material on which their eggs are laid. While building the container, it would be wise to include a lining which you can use to easily clear out the dirty floor building materials before replacing them with new ones. Using the lining should be as easy as sliding it.
It’s the nature of hens to be picky when deciding where to lay their eggs. You just have to curb that picky nature by providing them with the most comfortable nesting containers which they’ll find quite hard to resist. Of course, if you take these points into consideration, you should be able to achieve that.