Chickens will not lay in nesting box.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by All About Chicken, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. All About Chicken

    All About Chicken Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2011
    Hello, I have two types of chickens White Leghorns, and Black Australorp. Both breads where bought weeks from each other but Leghorns been laying for months. The Australorps 1st egg was today but was not in the nesting boxes and was outside under the coopÂ… very hard to get to! The Australorp also roost out in the run (MOST of the time) not in the coop with the others. What if anything can I do to promote them to lay in the boxes? Thanks for your help Bob
  2. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2011
    Rockingham County, NH
    I have yet to have experience with this as my girls aren't laying yet but I have read to put ceramic eggs or golf balls or ping pong balls in the nesting boxes. They should get the hint from that I heard! Good luck! [​IMG]
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  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I "train", if one can actually train a chicken, by leaving young layers in the coop until noon. 90% of the laying seems to take place before noon, so this eliminates all the bad routines and habits. At noon, gather the eggs and release the hounds and they usually mess around outside until 7 pm or so.

    This is worth a try. Later on, as maturity and familiarity with the egg boxes becomes more natural to them, I've seen them faithfully re-enter the coup to lay instead of laying outside somewhere. Hope this helps.
  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    I put a couple golf balls in the nest box before the first ones started laying and so far I haven't ever had one lay outside the nest box, even the first time.
  5. Lisa202

    Lisa202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2010
    Long Island NY
  6. All About Chicken

    All About Chicken Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2011
    Thanks! I do have ping pong balls in the nesting boxes. I will try to keep them in the coop until noon when my daughter and I get the eggs.

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