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chickens won't lay eggs in nest boxes

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My girls are finicky they lay eggs everywhere.  It is an egg hunt everyday.  How can I get them to lay them in the nest boxes.  They love to roam around the back yard but don't come back home to lay their eggs.

post #2 of 8

try keeping them in the coop or run for a day or two.

post #3 of 8

Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers.

Leaving them locked in the coop for 2-3 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests.

They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon.

You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #4 of 8
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Thanks for the reply.  I left them in this morning and if they could talk I am sure there would be some swear words coming from the coop.  But tough love, I am sick of the egg hunt everyday!

post #5 of 8

I just went thru that with my 2 new girls. Now they lay in the nesting boxes!! :celebrateOne more to go!

post #6 of 8

I know what you mean about the swear words.  My chickens remind me of prisoners that run their metal cup across the prison bars.  They stand at the window and scream to be let out.

post #7 of 8

@7littlegirls

 

Congrats with the egg in the Nest! WHen hens are free roaming they probably aren't thinking about where should the eggs go? They just deposit them anywhere and everywhere! I know what you mean, its a real hassle trying to find them all! Its like the Easter egg hunt.. But not fun and games:). Keeping them locked up like the others have said is the best way.  

I am a Proud Owner of a male American Black duck and two female Rouen's!!!

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

-Matthew 6:26

 

 

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I am a Proud Owner of a male American Black duck and two female Rouen's!!!

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

-Matthew 6:26

 

 

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Thank you! I am still waiting for one more to start laying so I still have to check  their free range area.

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