Getting Chickens to lay in the box.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by matlock, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. matlock

    matlock Hatching

    Dec 19, 2008
    I just joined this sight and have been reading numerous posts and loving it. I used to have chicken but was not ready for them, (dumb move I know) but now I am putting the time into building a proper coop. The one thing I could never get my chickens to do was lay in their boxes. I got a two level metal set of laying boxes from an old farm and only got one or two chickens to lay in it. I was reading another post on here and they said something about golf ball in the box. Does this work? And I plan on using the thick layer method for the floor but any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  2. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY

    Golf balls and/or ping pong balls worked for my hens. Basically any object that looks like an egg will encourage them to lay in their nest boxes.
  3. I have a rock I picked up from the ground the perfect shape and size that I use for the young ones if they aren't in w/older ones. I only put younger ones in w/my banties who immediately kick in the "mother instinct" and adopt all chicks, no matter the age.

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