First egg, middle of floor

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BJ37, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. BJ37

    BJ37 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 25, 2012
    I got my first egg today, however it was laying in the middle of the floor. About four feet away are the laying boxes. Is this normal for them to not use the boxes when they start? Will they start using the boxes after they get into the swing of this new adventure they are on? Are there any tips on how to get them to lay in the boxes?
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    Not uncommon for the first eggs to be laid in odd places. Put some golfballs or fake eggs in the boxea to help train them.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Yes, that can be normal. The sensation of an egg coming is new to them and pullets can pace back and forth to the nest. Sometimes, they don't make it back quick enough. Put golf balls or fake eggs in the nest box and in time, she'll figure out where they should go.

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