Advice Please

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ClaireCI, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. ClaireCI

    ClaireCI Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello All,

    After very long wait one of my three Wyandottes finally started laying two weeks ago in the cold of winter. She laid in the nesting box and we had an egg almost every day. This week we had fewer eggs and while filling their feed I could see that one of our young cats appeared to have been sleeping in the nesting boxes!

    I checked the yard and found 4 eggs in a large planter I use for growing eggs!

    This morning I watched and though the cats were in the house my girl laid in the planter again.

    A) how do I stop the cats getting in the coupe?

    B) how do I encourage my girl to start laying in the coupe again?

    Ant suggestion would be gratefulu received :)

    Claire
     
  2. ClaireCI

    ClaireCI Out Of The Brooder

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    That should read the planters use for growing veg Lol
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Lock the cats out and the chickens in the coop for a couple days,
    that will reestablish the habit of them laying in the nests.

    How to keep the cats out of the coop long term, I have no idea.....squirt gun? make them their own nest?
     
  4. ClaireCI

    ClaireCI Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, thanks for that. The run is surrounded by a wall so I can't keep the cats out of it so I'll try locking the coop for a while. I wouldn't mind but the cats have access to the house with cosy beds!
     

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