Hen laid an egg in the RUN!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Namble, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. Namble

    Namble Songster

    May 20, 2009
    North Florida
    Why? What made her want to lay an egg in the run? I am supplying perfectly good nest boxes. But This is the second time shes done this. Its also her second egg too. Shes a new layer. Will she figure it out?

    Thanks for all your valuable input!


  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Having them lay in the run isn't that usual and laying in the floor of the coop is quite common. Normally they will start laying in the boxes and you can encourage them by placing fake eggs or golf balls in the nests.
  3. Namble

    Namble Songster

    May 20, 2009
    North Florida
    I actually do have a golf ball in every nest box.
  4. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    I'm not making any guarantees. But we had golf balls in all the nest boxes and the ladies were using them.... except for poor Estelle. She couldn't figure it out and left eggs everywhere at the beginning. After egg three or four she finally figured out what the nest boxes were for. That said, I think sometimes they figure it out and sometimes they just don't. Good luck!
  5. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    We had some people visiting one day when one hen plopped one right in front of them in the run! She strutted off like nothing happened.

    She now lays dutifully in the nest box. They'll learn. Just make sure you collect the eggs regularly to keep them from breaking and the hens from learning about the self-serve buffet of broken eggs
  6. 7cutechix

    7cutechix In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2009
    East Central Indiana
    Last week I had that same problem....for 2 days there were eggs in the run. Then there was one on the floor, and they've been in the nest the past 3 or 4 days. I guess she did figure it out! Good luck!!
  7. mema2003

    mema2003 Songster

    Oct 18, 2008
    My silkie lays in the run all the time. When I had her in a coop up off the ground she would lay in the floor and not in her nesting box and now she is a run layer. I try too teach her somehow but she doesn't even try too go in the coop at night. Actually none of our silkies do. My DH has too go out every night and put them in the coop.

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