hen laying in the run

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LaPetiteFarmer, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. LaPetiteFarmer

    LaPetiteFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All my egg layers lay in their nesting except one who keeps laying in the run. Any tricks to change this habit?
     
  2. Pullet Surprise

    Pullet Surprise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Do you have a 'training' egg in the nests? Other thing is to keep her in the coop for a couple of days until she gets it right.
     
  3. LaPetiteFarmer

    LaPetiteFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, but I have real eggs from the other girls laying. If I leave her inside, the other ones won't be able to come in and lay.
     
  4. chickenwalker

    chickenwalker Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
     
  5. GardenSimply

    GardenSimply Out Of The Brooder

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    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...
     
  6. Pullet Surprise

    Pullet Surprise Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
     
  7. LaPetiteFarmer

    LaPetiteFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 [​IMG]
     
  8. GardenSimply

    GardenSimply Out Of The Brooder

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    poulettes, don't be discouraged. I've never had a chicken do that forever.
     
  9. LaPetiteFarmer

    LaPetiteFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope so! Thank you for being so encouraging!
     
  10. sallihennipenni

    sallihennipenni Out Of The Brooder

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    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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