Black Australorp - lay eggs on the dirt

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by xbassman, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. xbassman

    xbassman New Egg

    Feb 11, 2009
    Got six black australorp hens fm Ideal Poultry in Texas and they started laying, but some are laying on the dirt floor of my coop, others are using the nests provided. Thought they would all, in time, use the nests and might yet....they have only been laying for about 3 weeks. Anyone had this problem? Solutions? Are different size combs a normal thing for this breed? Got six day old pullets, they are now 7 mo. old, get 4-5 eggs a day so figure someone is not laying or I got a rooster (hope not). No crowing and no spurs so fig. I have all hens. New to this breed but love them so far.
  2. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    Just because you are only getting 4-5 eggs a day doesn't mean they are not all laying. They are just not all laying Every Day.

    Yeah, some of mine lay on the coop floor too. I'm not sure what to do about it. I put some fake eggs in the nests and that seemed to help a little. Sorry I couldn't help more with that issue
  3. new2chix

    new2chix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    New Palestine Indiana
    Leave the eggs that are laid in the nest boxes there a day or two. The hens laying on the floor will go in to see what's in there and will get the idea (or use golf balls / plastic easter eggs).
  4. xbassman

    xbassman New Egg

    Feb 11, 2009
    All great ideas. Did put golf balls in the nests and did leave eggs in there for a couple of days. Also tried another trick....put some sort of mint juice (wife had it in her spice rack) on the floor where they always lay and then put some in all the nests. Might have worked but some have not gotten the idea yet. As I chew, I spit where they lay in hopes they won't like the smell....sort of off the wall but am trying almost anything now.
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Yeah, don't allow them to have nice nests on the floor [​IMG]. I've even wadded up chicken wire and put it where I didn't want them to build nests.

    If you can encourage them to visit the nestbox by placing them in there, that may help. My new nest area (the old one was too close to the roosts) was where the pullets couldn't really see it. And, they had to climb a little ladder to get into it.

    I picked each of them up (some quite a few times [​IMG]) and placed them in the nest. Half figured out where to lay from the get-go. Half laid a few eggs on the floor before they decided that a nest was a much better place for that sort of thing.

    edited to say: welcome to BYC [​IMG]! I've got Australorps, too. They are some of the very best!
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2009

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