eggs on the poop board

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Huskeriowa, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Huskeriowa

    Huskeriowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all.

    Why are they laying eggs on the poop board? Did I do something wrong? I had a limited amount of room to juggle the floor area, and the nest above and the roosts above that. If you glance at my page you can see what it looks like. Will they figure out where to lay the eggs over time like they figured out the automatic door or do I need to do something? Thanks again.
     
  2. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My younger girls who just started laying have been laying on the floor instead of the many boxes available to them. I am thinking they will figure it out eventually.
     
  3. Huskeriowa

    Huskeriowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply. Yes hopefully they will. I know it took them a few weeks to figure out the timing of the door so i assume it takes a while to get the hang of the nest as well. They have only laid six eggs so far so it is still early in the process. And sorry if this isn't the right section to post this question.... It seemed to fit in the coop construction to me but I may be incorrect.
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011
  4. spotstealer

    spotstealer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you remove the poop boards(trays) for a few days? You could thicken up the shavings a bit in case they drop the eggs. You could also put a golf ball or two in the nest boxes. I still find a stray egg in different places. I love your coop though!
     
  5. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    golf balls or even fake eggs (like plastic easter eggs) in the boxes seem to guide them to the right spot to lay.
     
  6. DazeGoneBy

    DazeGoneBy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes on the golfball/ceramic egg in the nest box...I've also heard they like a bit of privacy, so if you put a flap of wood across the top or a door with circular opening, they would be more comfortable laying in there.

    Your nest box floor is higher off the floor of the roost, so if you are going to close down the access some to provide privacy, I suggest a board across the top - not the bottom...they might never even see the nest boxes in that case.
     
  7. Huskeriowa

    Huskeriowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow ok now I remember reading about the golf ball thing! I will try it and thanks again!
     

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