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Chickens laying in the coop??

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by pullet 123, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. pullet 123

    pullet 123 New Egg

    Oct 20, 2012
    Hi, I had a question...why i have 1 pullet, same younger that the others, that is the only one laying in the coop. My others should be laying but they are not. (in the coop) I cant find any in the woods or yard... and it is starting to get annoying that i am getting nothing out of them.[​IMG]They are free ranged if that makes a difference.

    Once, a couple months ago, i found my barred rocks nest in the woods under a rock ledge, i was happy, but the eggs must have been 15 days old, so my pig enjoyed them:). anyway, i need help to figure out why they arnt laying in the coop. thanks!
  2. Ploverha

    Ploverha New Egg

    Dec 9, 2012
    Our chickens like a clean, dark and quiet nesting box in the coop. If any of those factors are disturbed they start to lay wild outside.

    Hope that helps
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Hens like to find secret little spots to lay in, unfortunately! My son found a secret nest once with 18 eggs in it! All rotten [​IMG] The best thing you can do to encourage them to lay in the coop is to limit their free range privileges for a week. Either keep them cooped up for the week or only let them out mid-late afternoon when most of them should've finished laying. Aslo put some fake eggs or golf balls in the boxes to make it more attractive.
    The days are also getting shorter now, so they may be affected by the lack of light hours. Most hens need minimum of 14 hours of either natural or artificial light to keep them in production. So if they are really not laying you can add some light for them. This is best done in the mornings so you don't mess with their roosting behaviour. Good luck!
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  4. birdonerous

    birdonerous Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 8, 2012
    NW Kansas, USA
    I second the suggestion to keep them in the coop until mid-day or restrict them from roaming for a week.
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, pullet123, and [​IMG]! I also agree with the advice of sumi! Best of luck upping your egg count! Best wishes!
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.

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