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chicken laying outside the coop

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i have one chicken (that i know of) who lays outside the coop...in the dog house to be exact.  not the best place to lay.  how can i 'train' her to lay in the coop like all the others?  i can't keep them locked in the coop itself.  i do have a smallish run that they will stay in, and then a larger one (but she gets out of that daily).  they typically free range.

 

also, i have one hen who lays from the top roost, so 6-8 ft up, the egg breaks every time...what can i do for her?  the roost is fixed in place.

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How long have they been laying? Sometimes they start out laying in weird places but they will figure out what to do eventually. Do you have a fake egg in the nest to show them it's where to lay? 

After weeks of my chickens laying I took the fake egg out, thinking they didn't need it anymore. The next day they all laid in a neat little pile on the coop floor. Put the fake egg right back in place... :rolleyes:

Dorothea

I am the keeper of an insane three-year-old daughter and four backyard chickens. 

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Dorothea

I am the keeper of an insane three-year-old daughter and four backyard chickens. 

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I use fake egg/golf balls all the time.

Why can't you lock them in the coop/run?

That's the best and easiest way to train them to lay in the coop nests.

 

Agrees that it takes a month or so for new layers to get things smoothed out.

 

 

 

 

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. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.

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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AppleMark

 

I am having the same issues with my girls, now 7 months old. We have only 4 and they are on lockdown, (well, locked in their pen, not their house.)  About a month ago, I had finally let them free range for part of the day, then all of the day, and they were so good about coming when called, and returning to their house to lay their eggs. At least I thought they were, considering they don't all lay daily. Four days ago, however, we found 3 'illegal' eggs in the garage shed, in a plastic tote full of hay.  Maybe it's because the RIR is broody on a nest and is threatening them or something?  But for two weeks of her broodiness the others were all still using the other nests. The nests were made from a divided wooden fruit crate.  When the RIR went broody, I added another fruit crate below it, making a total of 4 nests.  The day we found the 'illegal' nest, I took that tote and put the whole thing in their house as well, so there are now 5 nests, all with fake eggs in them.    Two of the girls are still holding out if that's possible. They are all different breeds, so I can tell which eggs are whose. Anyway, they are all on lockdown in their pen, even the Wyandotte, who has laid an egg in their house every day.  They beg me to let them out but I'm not giving in until I see more eggs.  (and yes I have searched for more illegal nests, but haven't seen any.)

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