chickens laying on the floor

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lilshadow, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone! Well, I got two more eggs today...yahoo! Only thing is, my hens are laying on the floor and not in the boxes. I have them 18 inches off the ground. So how can I get them to lay in the boxes instead of on the ground?
    Thanks,
    Veronica
     
  2. joanc

    joanc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Veronica,
    You could try putting wooden eggs or golf balls in the nests. Wooden eggs helped my ladies find the nest. Good luck.
     
  3. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what do you think of a ceramic egg? I also thought of making one out of polymer clay to see if that would work.
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    you know, that's not what I *thought* 'chickens laying on the floor' was going to be about... [​IMG]

    Laughing at myself,

    Pat
     
  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    I thought there'd be chickens laying on the floor too, Pat.
     
  6. bjcoop

    bjcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Me too! [​IMG]
    --bjcoop
     
  7. bjcoop

    bjcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, I used plastic easter eggs, filled with sand. I had them and the sand made them heavy enough to not flip out of the nest box. Didn't take long, maybe half a week before the real eggs were off the floor.
    --bjcoop
     
  8. Golden_Gwennie

    Golden_Gwennie Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls are still laying on the ground, but I will occasionally find one in the nest box. I tried the plastic eggs and it didn't work. [​IMG]
     
  9. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually did get an egg in the box after I put the ceramic eggs in, but I think those may not be heavy enough so I will try the wooden eggs, and see how that works.
     
  10. gobbles!

    gobbles! Out Of The Brooder

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    If the eggs aren't getting broken, there's nothing too, too wrong about hens laying on the floor, right? My girls don't seem to have any interest in nest boxes whatsoever.
     

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