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How to avoid dirty eggs

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Your Poultry -

It is im­por­tant to keep nest boxes clean so eggs don’t be­come soiled. Never let hens sleep in lay­ing ar­eas as most bird’s drop­pings­drop­ping are passed at night, re­sult­in­gre­sultin in the nests be­com­ing caked with ma­nure. To pre­vent this fromfr hap­pen­ing, ini­tially it may be nec­es­sary to close off nes nest boxes in the evenings be­fore birds roost, and then re­open themthe when they are asleep for theth night. Af­ter a week or two the birds will have formed their own roost­ing habits and should not seek the nests at night. Eggs should be col­lected twice a day to en­sure fresh­ness, cleaner eggs and min­imise the op­por­tu­nity for egg eat­ing.

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