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chicken egg laying help!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by backyardbirdman, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. backyardbirdman

    backyardbirdman Hatching

    Apr 2, 2012
    My barred rock mix bantam keeps kicking out the straw in all the boxes and then lays an egg on the dirt alone, why is this?

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    :frow Welcome to the forum! :frow Glad you joined us! :frow

    My guess is that you need to raise the lip across the front of the nest to stop her from raking the straw out. Chickens rearrange the bedding material in the boxes as they get ready to lay. They do this by scratching. I use a lip around 5" to 6" high.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2012
  3. 3 NH reds

    3 NH reds Songster

    Dec 5, 2011
    Western Mass
    Our chicken's refused to read the book on raising chickens and Will lay in the same spot but do not use the nesting boxes. They like the nesting area just fine but no boxes, they push them out of the way and scratch a nice nest for all 9 to use in the hay.Is the nest area you have for them quiet?

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