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Sudden nesting box revolt

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Hi everyone,
I've got six laying hens, and one Roo. They all stopped laying for the winter, then we moved from a tiny back yard to two acres. We've been using the same nesting boxes, same kind of hay flakes, and ceramic eggs and we have never had a problem. Everyone immediately took to using the nesting boxes when they started laying.
We put the nesting boxes out, everyone got in them, moved the ceramic eggs around, got out, and for two weeks there were no eggs.
Then, last night, i had to chase them out from under the shed and, low and behold, chicken eggs everywhere. I'm not sure why they all of a sudden can't figure out how to use the nesting boxes they've always used before. I cant fit the nesting boxes under the shed, because theres maybe 8" of space, a foot in the widest spots. The eggs are dead in the center and i can't reach them to collect them.
I need advice on how to get them back into their nesting boxes!
post #2 of 6
Try putting up skirting around the shed.
post #3 of 6
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Try putting up skirting around the shed.
I would but the shed is their only escape from the heat and hawks.
post #4 of 6
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Now, to make matters worse, my notoriously broody hen is stuffed up under the shed, insisting on hatching the eggs and she refuses to come out.
post #5 of 6
When you change their home they will find a new place where they feel safe to nest. You will have to lock them up with the nesting boxes to let them know where they are supposed to lay.
post #6 of 6

Bummer!

 

Any chance you can jack the shed up onto piers so there's more space under there.....for you to get eggs and stubborn birds out?

 

Agrees tho, you'll have to coop them up to change the 'where to lay' habit.

 

My coop is 24 to 30 inches off the ground, but I'm not much of a crawler anymore, let alone thru chicken poop, so I fenced off under the coop at about 4 foot in so I wouldn't have to crawl too far if I needed to get under there and they still have the cool shady spot to hang out. I call it the 'under-run' because it is part of the mesh covered run my birds are confined to..hawks are a big problem here.

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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