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I have 5 red sex links in coop together they have always used nest boxes the way they should . Recently I'm finding a egg on floor of coop almost every day. They have 3 nest so it should be plenty nest space
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Howdy shmeggs

 

If your gals were new to laying, I would tell you that this is normal and that some coaxing to lay in the nest box with some fake eggs or golf balls may be helpful.

 

But, as they used to use the nest box, I wonder if something has changed?

 

This is not a reflection on your chicken husbandry but could there be mites or lice in the nest box causing them to be reluctant to use it?  Have you changed the nesting material to something they have not had in the past?

 

Another possibility; I have a couple of chickens with very fluffy butts and I am always finding any egg on the coop floor or in the middle of the run.  While they use the nest box to lay their egg, if they linger while the egg dries, it sticks to their feathers and drops off when they get out of the nest box .. I had to bail up Blondie the other day as she was walking around the garden with an egg stuck to her feathers :/ 


Edited by Teila - 10/10/15 at 3:20pm

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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Howdy shmeggs

If your gals were new to laying, I would tell you that this is normal and that some coaxing to lay in the nest box with some fake eggs or golf balls may be helpful.

But, as they used to use the nest box, I wonder if something has changed?

This is not a reflection on your chicken husbandry but could there be mites or lice in the nest box causing them to be reluctant to use it?  Have you changed the nesting material to something they have not had in the past?

Another possibility; I have a couple of chickens with very fluffy butts and I am always finding any egg on the coop floor or in the middle of the run.  While they use the nest box to lay their egg, if they linger while the egg dries, it sticks to their feathers and drops off when they get out of the nest box .. I had to bail up Blondie the other day as she was walking around the garden with an egg stuck to her feathers hmm.png  
they are about year and half old and I am still using straw in nest just like usual
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Try looking around the coop were there laying
Because hens normally lay were they feel safe and secure
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Howdy shmeggs

 

If your gals were new to laying, I would tell you that this is normal and that some coaxing to lay in the nest box with some fake eggs or golf balls may be helpful.

 

But, as they used to use the nest box, I wonder if something has changed?

 

This is not a reflection on your chicken husbandry but could there be mites or lice in the nest box causing them to be reluctant to use it?  Have you changed the nesting material to something they have not had in the past?

 

Another possibility; I have a couple of chickens with very fluffy butts and I am always finding any egg on the coop floor or in the middle of the run.  While they use the nest box to lay their egg, if they linger while the egg dries, it sticks to their feathers and drops off when they get out of the nest box .. I had to bail up Blondie the other day as she was walking around the garden with an egg stuck to her feathers :/ 

HUH!  Never thought of that...I've been finding a few on the floor from one of my older hens, she's pretty fluffy too.

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!!!

 

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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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:lau I think thats funny an egg stuck on the butt..cute

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Howdy shmeggs

 

If your gals were new to laying, I would tell you that this is normal and that some coaxing to lay in the nest box with some fake eggs or golf balls may be helpful.

 

But, as they used to use the nest box, I wonder if something has changed?

 

This is not a reflection on your chicken husbandry but could there be mites or lice in the nest box causing them to be reluctant to use it?  Have you changed the nesting material to something they have not had in the past?

 

Another possibility; I have a couple of chickens with very fluffy butts and I am always finding any egg on the coop floor or in the middle of the run.  While they use the nest box to lay their egg, if they linger while the egg dries, it sticks to their feathers and drops off when they get out of the nest box .. I had to bail up Blondie the other day as she was walking around the garden with an egg stuck to her feathers :/ 

:goodpost:  I agree with @aart's comment.   I have 2.5+ yo hens and all have used the nests routinely, but lately have found a couple in the coop just outside the nests.   One of my BR's sits a long time on her egg after laying,  bet this is what has caused that.   Thanks so much for the information.

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Attention:  loads of contests to enter, pick your favorites and join the fun: post #1

 

 

Raising Hens in Georgia!  Limited experience, but a lot of opinions.  

Reintegrating a Recovered Hen to a Small Flock:

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Wow .. I thought that happened to everyone; it is definitely a common occurrence at our place but then we do have lots of fluffy butts …….. ;)

 

 

Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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