Hen laying outside instead of her in her roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by landgirl, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. landgirl

    landgirl New Egg

    My ameraucana cross hen has recently started laying in a nest shes made by the pond, not too far from the coop.
    For the past two days she's laid her egg there when I've let them out for their free range time. Is this something I should be concerned about? It makes me feel like she doesn't like her roost. Maybe because she shares it with another hen. There are two other roosts, but for who knows why, they've both decided they want to use the same one ! That is until Starship, (my ameraucana cross) decided she'd prefer to lay outside.
    Any help or advice would be great.
    thanks !
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    A little term definition:
    A nest is where they should lay eggs.
    A roost is where they should sleep.
    You don't want them sleeping in the nests because they poop them up.

    A little ore info on your flock and coop might help.
    How many and ages of birds?
    How many nests?

    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers.
    Leaving them locked in the coop for 3-4 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests.
    They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon.
    You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.

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