Getting hens to lay in nesting box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Eryn, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. Eryn

    Eryn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my SLW have just started laying! The first egg I got was in their nesting box like it should have been! THEN they decided my porch swing is a better place to lay eggs!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] I want to break them of this habit of course! I tried locking them in the coop yesterday and layed in the nesting box as they couldn't get to the porch swing... So I let them back out this morning and the first thing my little Hermione did was strut over to the porch swing, hop up and get comfy!!! [​IMG] Any suggestions on how to break them of this habit???
     
  2. tvtaber

    tvtaber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, mine lay under the roosts at first, which is gross to say the least. So I covered up that favorite spot with a plasic box lid and they uncovered it and layed there anyway. We went back and forth for a few days and finally the inconvenience got to be too much and most started using the nestboxes.

    I still have a couple who prefer the floor to the boxes, so I have decided to redecorate. I have a cube of four nests and my plan is to make each one a different theme. So far the kids and I have planned a pink room with flowers, garden room with grass etc drawn on the walls, an orange room (that one may change, not sedate enough) and a Lincoln bedroom. Another thought is to paper one with Reader's Digest pages so they can read while they lay...

    Vicki
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    have you tries the ole 'fake egg in nest box' trick. I use an egg-shaped stone, but anything vaguely egglike is supposed to work as well (golf balls, or plastic easter eggs filled w/sand and taped shut).

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  4. Eryn

    Eryn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will have to try a fake egg.... They just think they own the whole yard so they can lay where ever they want LOL!
     

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