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Help! first eggs not in nest box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mother_hen6, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. mother_hen6

    mother_hen6 Songster

    Aug 5, 2010
    Palo Alto, CA
    Three of my six just started laying but the eggs are everywhere but the nest boxes. How do I get them to lay in the boxes? Also here are a few images from my site.




  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    It's you and that beautiful coop again! Hello! Try putting some ceramic eggs, or golf balls in the nesting boxes. That sometimes helps them get the idea.
  3. Bill D

    Bill D In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2010
    Fayetteville NC
    I used golf balls - worked pretty well - they got the hint! I get some in the coop here and there - seems like they wait til the last minute and just can't make it to the nesting box!
  4. carrlr

    carrlr Songster

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    I use golfballs. I've heard folks use glass or hardboiled eggs before, but I wouldn't want to try hardboiled. Out of 4 nest boxes mine only use one. Go figure. They sometimes kick the golfball out, so I just put it back in. They're pretty consistant now, but I still have a few that haven't started laying yet. So, I plan to keep using the golfball until all are laying in the appropriate location.
  5. Shaun

    Shaun Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    SW Central Michigan
    I use - nothing. I find the little darlings are sometimes taken unawares for the first week or two. [​IMG] I find eggs everywhere! They soon get the idea and will lay in the boxes. Really. In 25 years I've never had anyone not go in the boxes after a week or two.
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Sometimes it takes a while for them to get the clue about the boxes. All it will take is one of them laying in the nestbox, and all of them will follow.
  7. foxchasr

    foxchasr In the Brooder

    Nov 1, 2009
    The same thing happened to me a few months ago. I was wondering why there was nothing in the their usual spot and was shocked to venture out into the woods and find a nest where there were probably 16 eggs. What I did was I got one of the eggs from where they were laying in the woods, marked it with a marker so I knew that one was the "dummy" and put it in their nesting area in the coop. Sure enough, they started laying again in the nesting boxes. Good luck to you.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2010

  8. JFW

    JFW In the Brooder

    Sep 16, 2009
    Mine are about 12 weeks old. I just wish they would stop roosting and pooping in the nest boxes. I have 25 and about 1/2 to 2/3 of them roost in the boxes. I have plenty of roost boards about 2 to 3 feet higher than the perch boards infront of the next boxes; but no... they want to roost/poop in the nest boxes. Any ideas? Will they grow out of this as they get older???
  9. theCandEs

    theCandEs In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2010
    We put plastic Easter eggs in the nest boxes. You should have seen them looking at them! So funny! They got the idea, though. I only have one that likes to lay hers on top of the pen. I don't know why. She is set in her ways now, though.
  10. mother_hen6

    mother_hen6 Songster

    Aug 5, 2010
    Palo Alto, CA
    Quote:Thanks that is encouraging.

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