getting hens to lay in the nest box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dmhoob, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. dmhoob

    dmhoob Chirping

    Mar 29, 2010
    We got our first egg about 10 days ago..... YAY!!!!!!! However, they are not laying in the nest box. We have a fake egg in each box and have tried putting their own egg in there. At first we found a few eggs on the coop floor, now we are finding them around our yard. We only let them free-range for a few hours each evening when we are home. Do we need to keep them in the run/coop untill they figure it out? Any sugestions?
    Thanks, Dawn
  2. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    If the heat isn't too bad then I'd say go for it. Mine lay in 1 box of the 3 I have. Do you know why???
  3. It might help to keep them shut up for a while. I'm surprise that they wait until evening to lay, though. Usually keeping them shut up through morning and afternoon will get them laying in the coop at least.

    Some hens just don't like nest boxes, though. I have one EE who insists on laying her egg underneath an old step ladder. It's CLEARLY better than a nice wooden nest box in the coop. [​IMG]
  4. dmhoob

    dmhoob Chirping

    Mar 29, 2010
    I'm brand new to this. not sure why they would all choose one nest box, although right now I'd be ok with that! lol
    I guess i will just try keeping them in the run and not letting them free range. I thought it was strange also that the eggs were being layed in the afternoon.
    We found a few last week in the coop. and then NOTHING for5 days! I know they are a bit sporadic when they first lay, but then my kids found 5 more eggs over the last 2 days scattered around our yard!
  5. Becky1961

    Becky1961 In the Brooder

    May 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    I have made nest boxes for mine also, but they have never laid in them. My three hens come and go as they please. They have a nice barn with about 5" of pine shavings. One hen will lay in a corner of the barn with a nest she made herself from the shavings. The other two lay up against the outside wall of another barn (a few feet away) in a nest they made from dirt, old horse manure, grass, etc. One of those hens likes to change her laying spots every now and then. She will hide them somewhere else entirely. When the extreme heat hit in early June, I thought she had quit laying. A couple of weeks later I found her new hidden nest with a dozen or so eggs in it!

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