Advice training hens to use new nest box?

rascal66

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Sep 10, 2015
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Husband just installed 3 new nest boxes, the kind that is designed for the eggs to roll away from the hen after the egg is layed.

About half of the hens I have used to use this style box and know to lay their eggs inside, however my other half don't have any idea so far.

The box looks like the "Best Nest Box" roll out style. (If you google that)

What I've done so far, to try to encourage them, is raise some of the red flaps so that they can see in the box, and lay down a little bit of hay with a couple fake eggs.

The untrained hens are laying on the floor instead of the box..

So just looking to see what else I could do to help encourage laying in the box? I figured of they see other hens laying in there, they would too, right? Wish me luck
 

ChickNanny13

Crossing the Road
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How many layers vs nest boxes? Maybe removing the flaps?

My nest box is a huge plastic dog house, some use plastic crates, 5 gal buckets, there's a variety of ideas but I'm thinking the flaps maybe the newbies issue.
 

rascal66

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Sep 10, 2015
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How many layers vs nest boxes? Maybe removing the flaps?

My nest box is a huge plastic dog house, some use plastic crates, 5 gal buckets, there's a variety of ideas but I'm thinking the flaps maybe the newbies issue.
That is definitely something I could try, to maybe temporarily remove them.. I have about 15 - 30 active layers, but the boxes are fairly large. I'll just have to experiment maybe
 

cmom

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A few years ago someone gave me a coop with similar nest boxes. They had the covers over the boxes and my birds in that coop wouldn't go into the nest boxes. I didn't have a way to hang a feeder in that coop like my other coops so I put their feed in a big pan and they would lay in their feed pan. Once I removed the flaps they started using the nest boxes.
 

rascal66

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Sep 10, 2015
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Washington

rascal66

Songster
Sep 10, 2015
437
589
207
Washington
A few years ago someone gave me a coop with similar nest boxes. They had the covers over the boxes and my birds in that coop wouldn't go into the nest boxes. I didn't have a way to hang a feeder in that coop like my other coops so I put their feed in a big pan and they would lay in their feed pan. Once I removed the flaps they started using the nest boxes.
I'm going to try to raise up the flaps, all of them to see of it helps any. Thanks!
 

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