Hen nesting behind old board

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NathanNeighbour, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. NathanNeighbour

    NathanNeighbour In the Brooder

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    So FINALLY my hens are starting to show massive signs of imminent egg laying!! They free range in our small backyard all afternoon. Yesterday one hen was trying to nest everywhere but her nesting box in the coop.

    the dog house
    under a coffee table
    under the branch of a tree

    She settled down behind an old piece of plywood leaned up against a wall. This is obviously not ideal. Should I keep them in their run for the day so her only best option is the nesting box?
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

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    That sounds like the best idea.
     
  3. song of joy

    song of joy Crowing

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    Yes, I usually keep my pullets confined to their coop and run they first begin laying eggs, so they learn where to lay them. Despite this, I had one pullet than laid her eggs on the coop floor for a week before figuring out to use the nest boxes.
     

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