First time laying some in the run

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jmtcmkb, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. jmtcmkb

    jmtcmkb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2011
    New Hampshire
    Any suggestions on how I can get them to the nest box? I've got 5, the first one to lay has been consistently laying in the nest box, I see her every morning. Someone else started but she's laying on the floor of the run in the afternoon. My set up is a small raised coop with run under, so I cant make a temp box and slowly get back to coop as there is a ramp. I just want to nip this in the bud if I can. Im not sure the run layer is actually one bird, could be two different as I havent actually seen them lay and they are in different places.
    I have seen them check out the box just after my smart girl lays her egg. I also have plastic easter eggs in the nest box.
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I've had that happen occasionally when a new hen starts laying, and eventually, they all start laying in the nest boxes. Sometimes, if a hen is at the bottom of the pecking order, she'll lay an egg on the ground. I'll bet it will correct itself.


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