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Hen ignoring nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Thassa, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Thassa

    Thassa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 Buff Orpington pullets about 7 months old. They have been laying for about a month and a half fairly consistantly. One of the girls likes to make her own nest and ignores the nesting boxes. For a while it was in between a couple of straw bales, then there was one in the corner of the coop wedged in between a tub I use to catch poop from the roosting birds. The only reason I even found that nest was because she was missing that morning, there were 10 eggs in that one. I put a nesting box in that spot so she started using another corner. This morning I found her in the barn near where the silkie girls sleep making a racket in a new nest. How do I convince her that the nice nesting boxes(yes there are dummy eggs in each one) we have are just fine? Unfortunately, I think I already know the answer to that question.
     
  2. goldfinches

    goldfinches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Wyadotte who does the same thing. I mess up where she's been nesting and she just makes another. I have tried golf balls, leaving the other eggs, locking her in the coop, nothing has worked. But, those are all good ideas to try!
     
  3. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep straw in the nesting boxes and litter on the floor. She just started laying and some need more time to figure it out.
     

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