hen laying in the run

chickenwalker

In the Brooder
7 Years
Jun 18, 2012
64
1
29
Jackson, MI
I have the same problem with one hen laying in the pen. She will also lay in the coop sometimes. One time I had just checked the pen and walked into the coop. She jumped out the hatch and I decided to go back outside to watch her. She laid her egg in the middle of the pen in less than a minute from the time she hopped out.

Another time I caught her in the coop about ready to lay. I picked her up and placed her in the nest where there was another egg. I didn't let her hop out and she did lay her egg in the nest - but that didn't help. I wish there was a way to train her. It will be freezing in Michigan daily and I hope she will at least lay her eggs in the coop.
 

GardenSimply

In the Brooder
7 Years
Nov 14, 2012
43
1
23
Oklahoma, US
chickenwalker, been there, done that, but up there it is waaaay colder, LOL

My problem is that even with 12 boxes, there are two that EVERYone wants to lay in. It's as though the one laying on the ground is like, if I can't have THAT box, then I don't want one at all...
 

Pullet Surprise

Songster
7 Years
Mar 11, 2012
606
35
148
Moore County, North Carolina
I ended up taking a couple of empty kitty-litter buckets, turning them on their sides placed side by side out near where I found a secret nest. But bedding in the buckets and a training egg and a bit of a board in front of the buckets to keep them from kicking out all the nest material. It has worked, anyone who gets out of the paddock and can't get back in now lays in the bucket and it's easy to collect from.
 

LaPetiteFarmer

Songster
7 Years
Feb 9, 2012
788
25
123
Vista, CA
I guess there isn't really a solution for it then. I would like to avoid putting nesting boxes in the run because I don't want the other ones to start laying outside
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sallihennipenni

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jun 6, 2011
61
1
43
Central Illinois
How many hens and how many boxes? I agree with GardenSimply.....they can have plenty of boxes and they all want to lay in a certain one! I've found a random egg here and there, including in the run. I always thought it was one of my "underling" hens getting chases out by those higher in the pecking order. I've seen this happen sometimes. Not much you can do if this is the case.
 

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