Chickens not laying eggs in their nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by masschix, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. masschix

    masschix Songster

    Apr 28, 2008
    Central Massachusetts
    Ok, new situation has come up with my flock of 12 chickens. We started letting the chickes free range during the days since the weather was getting much nicer. We noticed less and less eggs in the nesting boxes; found a couple in the run recently. Today we found a nest of them outside the run in a small nest of leaves under a large rock in the woods, near their coop. Why wouldn't they return to the nesting boxes where they always had them before? How can I stop this from happening, without having to keep them from free ranging? Any suggestions would be great!

  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Do you have any golf balls or wooden eggs in your nest boxes? I have a golf ball in each nest box. A couple of days ago I took some of the birds favorite treats out and one of the pullets popped out an egg in the run. She had been in a nest box prior and came out because she didn't want to miss out on the treat.

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