Hen laying in pen

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lee3343, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. lee3343

    lee3343 Just Hatched

    One of my Ameracaunas just started laying and both eggs were in the outside pen. I have two nesting boxes but don't know how to get the hens to lay in there. I know the girls have been exploring because the excelsior is tamped down and my fake ceramic eggs are always moved. Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. RobertPlamondon

    RobertPlamondon Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 14, 2016
    What I like to do is:

    • Make sure the nest box is the darkest, most secluded, and softest area available.
    • Ruin the other places the pullet is laying by making them better-lit, less secluded, and (easiest of all) harder. Piling some lumber scraps or rocks in her preferred nesting place will do.
    • Wait. Pullets are often surprised by their first eggs. Soon they'll be in the nest boxes at the right times.
    • If all else fails, put a nest box where they're actually laying. But I'd wait a while first.

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  3. lee3343

    lee3343 Just Hatched

    Robert, thanks for your reply. The nesting boxes are in the darkest most soft part of the coop. If she continues to lay eggs in the outside pen, I guess we can always add one out there. But she is depositing it in the center of the area so I can't really cover it. However, we'll just wait and see for a little while to see if she will lay her eggs inside. What do they say about the best LAID plans?!
  4. GingersHuman

    GingersHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2016
    Or like my silly White Leghorn Cotton, she scratched all of the straw out of the nest boxes and then laid an egg in the straw on the ground, haha.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    New layers sometimes need time to figure things out. I'd just be patient.

    Or, she may continue to lay where she wants. This hen loves the feeder and has been leaving an egg there for a few months now ....

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  6. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    I have a hen that's 1 1/2 yr old and I think, if there is such a thing, that she's egg-incontinent. She'll sit on the nest regularly, but more often than not, the egg ends up elsewhere -----in front of the nest, out on their porch, or in the middle of the run. The location always seems random, not deliberate. These are hard shelled eggs with nothing wrong with them. I wonder if the egg just doesn't come all the way out until she starts walking. It has been this way for months. I've stopped worrying about it and just look around for her egg.
  7. lee3343

    lee3343 Just Hatched

    Thanks to all of you who weighed in. I'm just going to relax and let eggs fall where they may. Hopefully, my other girls will figure it out
  8. Shaunassy

    Shaunassy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2016
    When i first started out with hens i was told to put a golf ball in each of the nesting boxes and it works. The golf ball looks and weighs similar enough to an egg so it tricks the hens into believe another hen "layed an egg there" so it must be a safe place to lay. Since doing that all my hens have layed in the nesting boxes, even those who layed for the first time never have layed anywhere but the boxes since the balls are in there.
  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Howdy lee3343

    You have already received some great advice and I just wanted to add that one of my Bantam Cochins [Pekin] has a very fluffy butt and while she lays in the nest box, if she lingers while the egg dries, it sticks to her butt feathers and ends up falling off either in the coop or somewhere in the run.

    One day I even had to bail her up in the garden and remove the egg that she was still dragging around [​IMG]

    Just another thought .. if you notice that she is looking like she is going to lay an egg, can you lock her in the coop at all so that she has no other choice but to lay in there? If you can do that a couple of times, she might work it out.
  10. SueT

    SueT Overrun With Chickens

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    Ha! Interesting! This may be what is happening to mine...I've never caught her in the act!

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