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Is it normal for a chicken to lay eggs on the ground?

post #1 of 7
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i have 4 chickens and they all are finally laying eggs...the last one to lay has been laying hers on the ground is this normal??? just wondering

love my chickens :) 4 girls...easter egger, light sussex, polish and barred rock :) and 4 babies :)

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love my chickens :) 4 girls...easter egger, light sussex, polish and barred rock :) and 4 babies :)

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post #2 of 7

If they just began laying, it's normal for them to lay eggs on the ground at first. One way you can get them to lay eggs in the nest box it by putting a golf ball, plastic easter egg, or something like that in the nest box. 

Good luck!

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post #3 of 7

My free-range birds construct nest on ground in what are usually protected locations.  They will use elevated nest boxes when available, especially if available ground sites are exposed.  When we keep larger numbers of birds in confined areas the nest boxes are best option available.

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post #4 of 7

welcome-byc.gif and yes it is normal i even had elevated nesting boxes but i had brought up the box that they were in as chicks to make the new coop feel like home... They decided that that was their nesting place but they did also use the ground

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Yep.  I adopted a flock of 2yr old barred rocks.  Doesn't matter what I provide, they lay where they want (they weren't taught or given egg boxes by the original owners).  I actually have one little lady that lays in the SNOW!!  th.gif

 

Squat and pop!...but it's gotta be COLD!!
 

Doing it all in beautiful Northern Michigan with 1 husband, 3 kids, 3 cats, 1 old dog, 14 Barred Rocks, 1 Mutt Rooster, 2 Muscovy Ducks, 1 Toulouse Gander and 1 Embden Goose and 15 new fluff-ball chicks (Australorps and EE's) all together to make one big happy (albeit crazy) family! 

 

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Doing it all in beautiful Northern Michigan with 1 husband, 3 kids, 3 cats, 1 old dog, 14 Barred Rocks, 1 Mutt Rooster, 2 Muscovy Ducks, 1 Toulouse Gander and 1 Embden Goose and 15 new fluff-ball chicks (Australorps and EE's) all together to make one big happy (albeit crazy) family! 

 

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post #6 of 7

The abnormal place for a hen to lay is in an elevated nest box.  In nature all hens (well almost all hens) will lay and sit on the ground.  The eggs incubate and hatch better incontact with dirt than they do in a bone dry box of straw or wood shavings.


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post #7 of 7
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yesss.gif yes she just started laying but she was the last one to lay so she should know to lay in the nesting box...thanks so much for your help smile.png

love my chickens :) 4 girls...easter egger, light sussex, polish and barred rock :) and 4 babies :)

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love my chickens :) 4 girls...easter egger, light sussex, polish and barred rock :) and 4 babies :)

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