Originally Posted by simpsoncj
Are you sure they are only 3 months old? When/where did you get them from? That seems really young to start laying! Anyway, I agree with scooter147, it is probably boredom.
What are you using for nest box material?
I fill with pine shavings, then cover the top with straw. I do find a few strands of straw outside the box as they do tromp it around to make it comfortable. Make sure you are putting an ample amount in the boxes.
As far as them pooping in the boxes, are they spending a lot of time in the boxes themselves? Are they sleeping in the boxes? If so, you should somehow make the boxes unavailable to them at night. I sometimes have to put a board in front of my boxes at night to keep any broody hens I am trying to break from going in there instead of roosting.
Edited by bmunson - 8/3/10 at 6:58am
I'm pretty sure they're 3mos plus/minus a week. I got them at TSC. Given how small they were, they couldn't have been much more than a week old. It's a red sex link they sell for layers. I wasn't expecting eggs for some time. Anyways, the coop is 3-1/2' wide X 6' long, and there are 4 boxes mounted on the back, so the boxes are not actually in that foot print. They have a fenced in run that is 6x10 (touchy neighbors so I can't let them roam). I have 6 hens but have been considering giving 2 of them away from the start. I'm new to this, but a several people have told me it's big enough for 6...maybe not. They don't seem to spend alot of time in the boxes, really seem to huddle together in the corner of the coop at night. I'm also using exactly what everyone is recommending in the boxes...nice bed of shavings and hay on top.