Help me solve this mystery.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by davidr, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. davidr

    davidr Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    Mokena, IL
    I have 11 hens that have been averaging 8 eggs/day.

    I have 3 nest boxes that always have between 1-3 in each of them.

    Everyday I find 1 or 2 eggs on the floor, there are two spots one is under the next boxes, the other is under the roots (which are on the other side of the coop) I don’t think it’s the same two hens everyday as sometimes there are 2 brown eggs, and sometimes 1 brown and 1 white (2 of the 11 are Leghorns)

    They lay between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm I have never seen all 3 nests occupied at the same time.

    So the question is, what’s going on? My first reaction was to add more nests but I’m not sure. I read 1 nest for every 4 birds was sufficient.

    This isn’t a big problem; I think they do it to see me crawl around on all fours.

    I would appreciate any and all thoughts.



  2. shaggy

    shaggy Songster

    May 11, 2009
    Orange, Texas
    i am going to bump this ... i would like to see the answer too
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Try placing golf balls or fake eggs or marked store bought eggs in your nesting boxes for a few days to show them where they are supposed to be laying. They may get the idea...or they may not. Silly chickens.
  4. davidr

    davidr Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    Mokena, IL
    I forgot to mention, that there has been a golf ball in each nest since they started laying (August 3).

    Also, I have noticed tht some of the g irls are better "mothers" than others, The Black Sex linked, tuck the golf ball under when ever they are in the nest, but the Black Jersey Giant stands in the nest and lets em drop, sounds like someone is dropping a cue ball on a pool table.

    Thanx for the bump,

    Last edited: Sep 21, 2009

  5. 1stepcloser

    1stepcloser Poultry In Motion

    Sep 16, 2009
    Dover, TN
    LMAO at the cue ball sound! [​IMG]
  6. AmyRey

    AmyRey Songster

    Jun 25, 2009
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I don't know, but all I can say is some of mine like the "fake eggs" and some don't. So I cluster the golfballs together in 3 like a clutch, and leave a couple nest boxes empty.

    My light brahma will ONLY lay in a box with fake eggs, and my BO will shove the suckers out to have a "clean" nest.

  8. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

    Aug 20, 2009
    I have actually always used the plastic easter eggs. I buy a couple bags during easter and use them during the year. I caught one broody hatching one a couple weeks ago, felt sorry for her and gave her some eggs. Also, I wonder if your boxes are allowing someone else to push the eggs out. I use cat litter boxes, which have side high enough that they can't roll them out.

    On a side note, yes, I think the girls are enjoying making you crawl around on the floor for the egg hunt.
  9. fasbendera

    fasbendera Songster

    Jan 30, 2009
    I find eggs once in a while on the floor. I have 8 nest boxes. I think that they have favorite boxes and if someone is in their box they lay on the floor. There will be eggs in three of the eight and then an egg on the floor. Not a weekly occurance maybe once a month I get a egg or two on the floor. I can't tell you how many times I have gone in my coop and there are 6 empty boxes and two hens in one nest and one hen in another nest and one screaming bloody murder because there is someone in her nest. Oh and they seem to change their favorite nest once in a while.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2009

  10. Dragonfly Ranch

    Dragonfly Ranch Songster

    May 13, 2009
    Happy Valley, CA
    Ours were really good about using nesting boxes then one day decided to start using a wine barrel that we made into a cooler (use frozen ice blocks inside to cool the air). That went on for about a week, then back to the nests. I have found one hen standing on top of another trying to get her turn in the same nest even though there are 3 more available. I even had one laying eggs in her sleep! You just gotta love them!

    Edited to add: some chickens are better mommies then others. You can look at Murray Mc Murray catalog by breed and they usually say if the breed is a good or bad brooder.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2009

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