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chickens won't lay eggs in nest boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dora362, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. Dora362

    Dora362 New Egg

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    My girls are finicky they lay eggs everywhere. It is an egg hunt everyday. How can I get them to lay them in the nest boxes. They love to roam around the back yard but don't come back home to lay their eggs.
     
  2. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try keeping them in the coop or run for a day or two.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers.
    Leaving them locked in the coop for 2-3 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests.
    They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon.
    You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it.
     
  4. Dora362

    Dora362 New Egg

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    Thanks for the reply. I left them in this morning and if they could talk I am sure there would be some swear words coming from the coop. But tough love, I am sick of the egg hunt everyday!
     
  5. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just went thru that with my 2 new girls. Now they lay in the nesting boxes!! [​IMG]One more to go!
     
  6. Lyranonamous

    Lyranonamous Out Of The Brooder

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    I know what you mean about the swear words. My chickens remind me of prisoners that run their metal cup across the prison bars. They stand at the window and scream to be let out.
     
  7. farm316

    farm316 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats with the egg in the Nest! WHen hens are free roaming they probably aren't thinking about where should the eggs go? They just deposit them anywhere and everywhere! I know what you mean, its a real hassle trying to find them all! Its like the Easter egg hunt.. But not fun and games:). Keeping them locked up like the others have said is the best way.
     
  8. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I am still waiting for one more to start laying so I still have to check their free range area.
     

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