Can't find the eggs!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PeachygirlGA, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. PeachygirlGA

    PeachygirlGA Chirping

    May 25, 2012
    Fort Valley, GA
    This has probably been asked before, but how do you stop a hen from laying somewhere other than the nesting boxes?? I have one hen that we thought wasn't laying until we found a pile of 16 eggs in the woods!!! Covered that spot up with some wood but now we can't find where she might be laying. The thing is, they only free range about 2 hours each day, sometimes longer on the weekends when we are home. We have tried following her around but just can't find them. Is the only way to stop her to not let her out for a while? Frustrating!

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Try things to make the nest more attractive AND keep her locked up a couple days till she develops the nest habit.
  3. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Songster

    Apr 22, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    My Coop
    You could try locking them in the coop for a few days in order to get her to lay in the boxes. Do you have any golf balls or fake eggs in the nests? Sometimes these can encourage hens to lay in the proper places.

    Maybe too late, but another thing to do is when you find the secret nest in the woods, you could put up a shelter around it and replace the real eggs with golf balls or fake eggs. That way, she knows it's a safe place. If you take her eggs, she thinks a predator's found the nest and won't lay there again, will even find a more secretive place to lay.

    At this point, I'd do the golf balls in the coop and not letting them range for a while.
  4. DigitalEd

    DigitalEd In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2010
    Upstate SC
    x2. The golf ball trick worked for mine.

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