Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CraftyLittleHen, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. CraftyLittleHen

    CraftyLittleHen New Egg

    Oct 13, 2014
    My Name is Sheri. We have a tiny flock of 3 chickens and they have just begun laying eggs. I believe at this point that my RIR is the only one laying so far but won't lay in the boxes. We have lowered the boxes to the floor, took out the straw and put in more shavings, put a fake egg in there... She lays on the floor in front of them... I don't know what else to do. Maybe someone has a suggestion.

    Aside from that, all is well!! Great site!!
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Sometimes, there is nothing you can do to discourage hens from laying in places other than the nest. I have a few hens that consistently lay on a shelf in their coop, despite them having nice clean nest boxes.

    I would try putting more fake eggs in the nest, and see if that encourages her. Or, you could try making the area in front of the nest uncomfortable for her to lay on. Maybe clear away all of the bedding and have just bare floor there?

    Good luck!
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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Bantamlover21 has given you some good advice.
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Are these new layers? Sometimes it takes them a while to figure it all out. I recently added some Barred Rocks chicks to my flock this year and all of them would go sit in the nest box right up to the time the egg was ready to come out. They would scamper as fast as they could only to lay the egg in the run! LOL But eventually they figured it out.

    Keep the boxes accessible. A fake egg in each box. Keep them clean and in a dark area of the coop too. Chickens like to feel like they are hiding their eggs. Maybe hang curtains over the front of the boxes. My birds love curtains and the privacy.

    Give them time and eventually they will figure it out. Just make sure to always collect the eggs as quick as you can so they don't get broken and the birds start to play or eat them.

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You've gotten some good advice above, hope your girls figure it out soon!
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  7. CraftyLittleHen

    CraftyLittleHen New Egg

    Oct 13, 2014
    Thanks so much for the advice! I'll put the fake eggs back in, clear the floor on front of the boxes where she currently lays and talk to hubby about hanging curtains... Great ideas!!

    I really appreciate the help!
  8. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] So glad you joined us.

    I had only one floor layer..tried everything but never budged her spot, when I tried to block it, she just moved over and laid next to obstacle. Gave up and after about 4-6 months she just decided to use the nests. Some percentage are just floor layers early on and will discover the nests are more appropriate. But they really do prefer darker, private places. Curtains on nests, and make the floor area brighter may work.
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Sheri. Glad you decided to join our flock. The other members have given you some great suggestions regarding your RIR hen laying in the floor instead of the boxes, so I'll just say please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your RIR hen laying in the boxes.
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 on Two Crows and Bantam Lover's advice.

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