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Chickens refusing to sleep/lay eggs in coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LMP6383, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. LMP6383

    LMP6383 In the Brooder

    Nov 2, 2016
    Hi everyone, recently my pullets have decided to stop sleeping/laying eggs in the chicken coop and instead roost on the top of a chain link fence in my yard. Has anyone had this problem?

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Something had to had happen for them to vacate it. Chickens above all else want a safe secure coop. Some things to look into are signs of rodents, mites, snake, bugs, bees, and signs that predators may have come around.

    You didn't mention size. Too small of a coop can be crowded and stifling. Is there good ventilation, some windows for light, things like that. As birds mature they need more room to get away from each other.

    Perhaps some photos of your set up can help folks possibly see why.

    Edited because of spell correct and it's crazy ways.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2016
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  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    OHLD pretty much nailed it: More info needed to be able to formulate an answer. Either there is something about the coop set up that is not meeting their needs, or there is something that they perceive to be a hazard there.

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