Chickens laying in the run

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by interlaaken, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. interlaaken

    interlaaken Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens have made a common nest from straw in the chicken run and about half of the twelve hens are laying their eggs there. I am wondering if they resent my taking their eggs. I put a dozen weighted easter eggs in their nesting boxes with differing amounts in each box so they will still have something to sit on when we take their eggs. Any comments or suggestions?
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I don't know what your run or coop is like but, maybe they feel too crowded or hot in the coop. I don't think they are rebelling against you. Chickens tend to follow a leader. Maybe the alpha hen in that outdoor nest and the others thought it was "way cool," to imitate her.
     
  3. Jeeper1540

    Jeeper1540 Chillin' With My Peeps

    put a block over the nest they made, then they won't be able to use it. how many boxes do you have?

    ETA: thats what i do when all my chickens decide its 'way cool' to all lay in the same box. that ends in broken eggs, having 7 hens laying in one box. then i screw a board over it for a week, and they find a new box to lay in
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2010

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