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Hello new member! I have 4 Rhode Island Reds, one rooster and three hens. the hens have started laying but will not lay in the coop where the boxes are. One lays in a milk crate on the back porch and the other two lay under the porch where we cant get to them, any suggestions would help. THANKS

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Originally Posted by jameskevin 

Hello new member! I have 4 Rhode Island Reds, one rooster and three hens. the hens have started laying but will not lay in the coop where the boxes are. One lays in a milk crate on the back porch and the other two lay under the porch where we cant get to them, any suggestions would help. THANKS


1st, Welcome to BYC from Nevada!   frow
2nd, I would close off the underside of the porch so they can't get in there (in fact I did have to do this to my own) and then move the milk crate into the coop so they get the idea.  I have fake eggs in my nests and they seem to get the idea pretty quickly that that's where the eggs belong.  Good luck with your new flock!

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Don't miss the new Nevada thread pages here!  These pages are in their infancy so don't hesitate to send me suggestions for additions or improvements.  Just be kind... I'm old and technologically challenged.     LOL

 

All things Nevada.

 

New Nevada recipe pages here.

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frow  Welcome to the forum!  frow  Glad you joined us!  frow

That can be frustrating.  I suggest you put fake eggs in the nests where you want them to lay.  Golf balls work well, but you can use about anything that is about the size and shape of an egg.  I find the light things, like ping pong balls, get scratched out easily, but I have filled those plastic Easter eggs with sand and glued them shut.  Those work fine.

When I have one not laying in the coop, I lock them all in the coop and run for about a week.  That usually breaks them of their bad habits.  It really helps to find the other nests and remove the eggs too.  I did have one that I had to do this to twice to retrain her. 

Good luck, and again  frow

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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welcome-byc from alabamayardbird....  My hens were laying their eggs under our porch i locked them in the henhouse then they started laying them in the nest.....

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" Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken poop from chicken salad" Lyndon B. Johnson
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Thank you all very much!!!!!

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frow Hello and welcome to BYC!  Good luck with the egg laying.  My girls are 21 weeks and have not laid yet.  It's nice to meet you.

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Welcome! from WA.welcome-byc

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                             *Pure English Orpington Breeder *

* Spangle/Mottle Orpingtons* *Partridge Orpingtons* Jubilee Orpingtons *Silver Laced Orpingtons *BBS Orpingtons * English Lavenders* *LF Chocolates* *Chocolate bantam* *Red Orpingtons*

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frow and welcome-byc from Ohio. So glad you joined. thumbsup

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TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
Always calibrate your hygrometer before you incubate!!

Home to Black East Indies, Mandarins, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Golden Buffs, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Two Weimaraners, Two beautiful daughters and a great DH who builds whatever I need!

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