Chickens don't know where to lay. How to solve?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sonicpanda123, May 9, 2009.

  1. sonicpanda123

    sonicpanda123 New Egg

    Mar 21, 2009
    I moved them into a newly built coop two weeks ago. For the first week I placed their nesting box in the new coop, they were fine with it and all eggs ended up in that box. Last week though, they dug through all the bedding in the nesting box and laid their eggs on the ground, then proceeded to eat them. The past few days they have stopped laying eggs altogether. Could someone explain what is happening and how to fix it? Greatly Appreciated.
  2. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    SouthWestern Ohio
    stick a few golf balls in the spot where you want them to lay, hens will lay where other hens lay.. Golf balls really trick em! and make sure you can give them some fresh grass and things and they should start laying again
  3. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Are you sure they're not still eating their eggs?

    Either way, the golf balls will really help them. Make sure you keep your bedding deep so they don't break their eggs when they lay them, and collect frequently for a while (~every few hours). Hopefully you start seeing something in the nests.

    Good luck!

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