Cooking, Canning, Gardening
I have had chickens for many years and for those many years have spent countless hours cleaning eggs, and tossing cracked ones to my dogs. No telling how many I have thrown out. Well, no more. Recently, while catching up on my Instagram posts, I came across the "Best Egg Box". After reading their reviews and watching some of the videos posted by people that had this egg box, I was ready to sign on the line and get this amazing box for my flock. It was a little pricey, but when I sat and thought about the eggs and time it would save, I dove in with both feet. A couple of clicks later, and it was on it's way. I now had to do some renovation in my chicken house to get ready for it. Something the girls were none to happy about.
Here are couple of the girls ready to stand their ground. I was not going to take away their cozy nest in the corner. I have 18 hens right now, and it seemed that they all like the same nest in the corner. This was going to be a challenge I could see. Well, with hammer in hand, I forged on. Had to get the house ready in time for the new box.
I started at the back of the house and began pulling out their roosts and the tray of nests that my son had made for me. Sorry, Matt, but they have to go. All the while, I had an audience of angry, noisy birds. I figured that the egg production would stop due to their stress and just to show me.
Even as I continue to advance, these two would not give up their stand. The were going down with the ship.
This gal, had my back the entire time I was in the coop. I didn't know if she was friend or foe, but she never attacked. Just watched my every move and talked constantly in her native tongue.
As always, UPS did not let me down, and my box was delivered on time and ready to assemble. It wasn't much of a chore. Took me about an hour to put together.
The beautiful "best egg box", ready to go to it's new home. It's not light, weighs just over 40 pounds, so a two wheeler was necessary to get it into the chicken house. Once inside, I was able to get it hung without too much effort. One side was attached while balancing on a block of wood and then I leveled it and attached the other end.
The trick to this box, is the girls go inside and lay their eggs which is on an incline. The eggs roll down away from them into a tray on the front from which they are collected. The girls cannot eat them, and they will not soil them, or not as bad as in the past. To entice them to go inside, I placed a small amount of nest material and taped up one portion of the red flaps. It wasn't long before I knew that it was going to work.
Yea! My first egg. And oh so clean!! What a wonderful design.
From dirty and soiled to nearly spotless! I am so happy. They did such a good job and took to it so fast that I treated them with a swing!
Now we just need some nice summer weather so that they can enjoy the swing. I will probably have to add a couple more so they don't fight. You know how girls can be!
So, if you are tired of washing eggs, not to mention the health advantages of cleaner eggs, don't hesitate to get a "best egg box". It is well worth the expense. You can also get a smaller version. I went with the 48" one as I plan on increasing my flock. Have 25 babies right now that I will be introducing to them in a few weeks.