Originally Posted by Chickybok
Ok thanks for confirming. Feels kinda wrong putting her in a cage when we all strive to give them a wonderful life out of cages! But I understand it has to be done. In their coop there are 3 nesting boxes between 4 of them. Of course they all use the same one! And so that is the one she won't budge out of!!
She'll fuss and squawk... but she'll get over it.
If you get her in there quickly it only takes a few days to 'break' them.
My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.
I let her out a couple times a day and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.