Chickens not laying in nests!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickenKid11, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. ChickenKid11

    ChickenKid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens just started laying 2 of them laying in nest box the others not! What do i do one is laying on top of the nest box!
    Please Help!
     
  2. Arcnadius

    Arcnadius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one not going with the program so I kept leaving fake eggs in the nests. I don't know if it was that or watching the others that did the trick, but she now lays in a box. As for laying on top of the nest box, can you put a slanted board up there to discourage them from sitting? Do you have enough nests for your flock (1 nest for every 4-5 birds)?
     
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  3. ChickenKid11

    ChickenKid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya i have enough nests and i have fake eggs in the nests! Thanks!!!!
     
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Quote:They just started laying. Eventually they'll get the hint, it's nature. I used golf balls, 2-3 in each nest for other reasons.
     
  5. AngelaB

    AngelaB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My only laying hen (the rest are too young) keeping laying on the floor RIGHT next to the box. (It's in the corner, and I have golf balls in the boxes) She just started laying, and she will eventually get the hang of it.
     
  6. chemew

    chemew Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a similar problem with sleeping in the nest boxes. What worked for me was to block off the nest boxes at night and physically place one or more of the chickens on the roost. Only took two nights and the problem was solved. Now they spend every night on the roosts.
     
  7. Davian

    Davian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They just started laying. Eventually they'll get the hint, it's nature. I used golf balls, 2-3 in each nest for other reasons.

    Give them a while...eventually they'll figure out that the nests are better than just random places. They like to feel secure when they're laying so they prefer the boxes anyway.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Golf balls did the trick for me.
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  9. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you have flat tops on the nesting boxes? Slanted ones will keep them from sitting on top...I added golf balls, and a curtain across the front so they have privacy....all this work...but it helps!
     

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