Make Your Own Egg-Grabber Tool

Updated on August 10, 2019
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L. Holloway is an experienced keeper of chickens and other fowl who has spent nearly a decade educating others on their habits and care.

Hens will sometimes lay their eggs in hard-to-reach places. There are tools that can help.
Hens will sometimes lay their eggs in hard-to-reach places. There are tools that can help. | Source

How to Retrieve Hard-to-Reach Chicken Eggs

Maybe it's a spot in the far corner under the chicken coop, or nestled deep among the thorns of a rose bush, or in some other creative, hard-to-reach place, but your hens insist on laying their eggs there! What's to be done? Well, you can channel your inner contortionist and wiggle in there to get them, just write the eggs off as a lost cause, or you can make a homemade egg grabber using little more than an empty 2-liter bottle and a broom handle.

Supplies

To craft your own handy egg-grabber, all you need is:

  • an empty 2-liter bottle
  • a broom handle (or other long, straight stick you can use as a handle)
  • strong tape
  • box knife or utility knife
  • a marker and ruler will help cut straight, even lines

You'll need a few supplies and tools to create the egg grabber.
You'll need a few supplies and tools to create the egg grabber. | Source

Step 1: Trace and Cut the Slits

Slits along the vertical length of the pop bottle will allow the plastic to flex and grab wayward eggs.

  1. Using a ruler and marker, trace several long, straight lines around the entire bottle, about an inch or so apart.
  2. Then, take your knife and carefully cut the slits.

Use a ruler and marker to lay out the lines you will need to cut. Turkey supervisor not required.
Use a ruler and marker to lay out the lines you will need to cut. Turkey supervisor not required. | Source
Carefully cut the bottle with a box or utility knife.
Carefully cut the bottle with a box or utility knife. | Source

Step 2: Shape the Slits

Gently fold and squeeze each plastic strip in between the slits so that they're slightly folded down the middle. This will help them grip and grab eggs more easily, as well as give you bottle more structural strength.

Fold the plastic strips in half down the middle and crease them to give the grabber necessary structural strength.
Fold the plastic strips in half down the middle and crease them to give the grabber necessary structural strength. | Source
The slits are cut and the strips creased, so now the bottle is ready for a handle.
The slits are cut and the strips creased, so now the bottle is ready for a handle. | Source

Step 3: Attach the Handle

  1. The handle is perhaps the most important part of this device, so choose one that is long and sturdy, but also that will secure snuggly to the bottle.
  2. The bottle will need to be attached securely, so feel free to use a lot more tape than I did in this tutorial. The less the bottle is able to bend or wobble on the handle, the easier it will be for you to pick up eggs.
  3. Place the handle inside of the spout of the bottle, and tape it in place.

It is important that the handle be attached as securely as possible, with very little play or wiggle.
It is important that the handle be attached as securely as possible, with very little play or wiggle. | Source

Step 4: Put It to Use

  1. To use your egg grabber, nudge the egg you wish to pick up so that it aligns with the slits in the bottle, then gently press the bottle down on top of the egg and wiggle it back and forth.
  2. The egg will pop inside, and the natural shape of the bottle will hold the egg in place until you are ready to retrieve it.
  3. To remove the egg, simply pull one of the slits open and let the egg roll out.
  4. You can retrieve multiple eggs at a time, but handle with care so that the eggs don't knock against each other inside of the bottle and crack.

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This egg is perpendicular to the slits in the bottle and will have to be aligned parallel to them before it can be picked up.This egg is aligned and can be picked upPress the bottle down on the egg and wiggle back and forth to grab it. This may take some practice!The egg will pop up into the bottle, and the strips of plastic will hold it in place.To remove the egg, separate two strips so that it falls out.
This egg is perpendicular to the slits in the bottle and will have to be aligned parallel to them before it can be picked up.
This egg is perpendicular to the slits in the bottle and will have to be aligned parallel to them before it can be picked up. | Source
This egg is aligned and can be picked up
This egg is aligned and can be picked up | Source
Press the bottle down on the egg and wiggle back and forth to grab it. This may take some practice!
Press the bottle down on the egg and wiggle back and forth to grab it. This may take some practice! | Source
The egg will pop up into the bottle, and the strips of plastic will hold it in place.
The egg will pop up into the bottle, and the strips of plastic will hold it in place. | Source
To remove the egg, separate two strips so that it falls out.
To remove the egg, separate two strips so that it falls out. | Source

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