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Why do chickens lay eggs on the ground? Not in Nest

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My chickens finally started laying eggs and I'm so eggsited...  lol  They have all been in the same nest in the coop with the exception of a couple eggs in the coop but not quite to a nest. (they were in the "hallway", I call it. Under the roosting polls in front of each nesting box) I have found 13 eggs in the coop and then noticed 2 eggs outside on the ground. The eggs were not on the ground the day before.    As for all the eggs in the coop... I hadn't been checking so was very surprised to find them.  There are 4 young hens which just started laying.  ~  My question is why are they laying outside of nesting boxes or outside of their coop?  Thanks,  ~Julie~

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Ours laid 3 eggs in the coop but so far that has been all-the rest have been in the nests. I did put golf balls in the nest a few weeks before they started laying.

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My Chicken Blog
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germophobic farmwife and mom to 3 homeschooled kids, 1 dog, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, and 12 chickens (4 red stars, 2 golden comets, 3 black australorps and 3 easter eggers)

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Rookie mistakes.  They'll get better.

 

 

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