Free-range hens laying in bushes, not nest box.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HenalayLady, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. HenalayLady

    HenalayLady Out Of The Brooder

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    One Speckled Sussex and an Ameraucana have been free-lancing away from the chicken house. Previously when I found the nests I removed the eggs. This time I left a few. but marked them, so the hens would still return to the same spot to lay. However, I'd rather get them to use the nest boxes again, if I can. Any suggestions you have used? I have no way to confine them without excluding the other 7 hens from the hen house. Thanks for your thoughts.
     
  2. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's a drag, isn't it?

    I have to lock 'em all in for a few days until the offenders lay in the nestbox. So unfair to the girls who are doin' it right but no freelancing allowed.

    Good luck w/ it!
     
  3. HenalayLady

    HenalayLady Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, Devora. I've been reluctant to lock them all up because the coop is small (50sf) and I have 9 hens. I'm afraid they'll stop being as friendly as they have been. But with 2 of them going AWOL I suppose I should try the group therapy approach. Maybe peer pressure will convince the two renegades. Thanks again. Myrleen
     
  4. PsychoChickens

    PsychoChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd think if you had a large enough coop you could simply put a small cage in it with a nesting box for the AWOL chickens so you could continue to let the good girls out to free range. Just a thought thou.
     

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