Hen was laying in nesting box and now lays on the ground

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by [email protected], Sep 22, 2010.

  1. btatum_123@yahoo.com

    [email protected] New Egg

    Sep 22, 2010
    one of my girls was laying in the nesting box consistently -- large green eggs. Now she is laying either under the nesting box, on the ground in the coop or not at all.

    What can i do to encourage her to lay in the box? And to resume laying?
  2. kidsnchicks

    kidsnchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2010
    I sort of have the same problem. My birds just started laying on Sunday, first 2 days were in a nest box, the rest have been on the floor in the coop. What do I need to do to encourage staying in the nest box? DoI need more bedding in the boxes? Should I put a couple plastic eggs in a couple of nest boxes to give the rest of the girls the proper idea? I think we have 2 hens laying, but there are 8 more to go and I don't want all of them playing monkey see, monkey do!

    I will be watching this to see what others have to say, I always come up with more questions than I do answers,lol.
  3. DAFox

    DAFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2009
    SW MO in Vernon Co
    [email protected] [​IMG]
    Do your chickens free range? If so, she might be laying the eggs elsewhere. You stated that she is laying green eggs. We just had a thread here somewhere about having to hunt down Easter Egger eggs.
    There are some good hints there about what to try.

    kidsnchicks - plastic eggs should help give the girls the idea. Or, golf balls, etc.

  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    [​IMG] Welcome to the forum! [​IMG] Glad you are here! [​IMG]

    I've had some that want to lay somewhere other than the nest box. If they are laying somewhere other than the coop and run, I just lock them all in the coop and run for two or three days. That's worked for me so far. But that's not your problem. Yours is laying in the coop, just not in the nest.

    I made my nests so I could lock a hen in them if I want. I have had hens that have made themselves a regular nest on the floor and consistently lays there. When I catch her in that nest laying, I lock her in the nest box until she has laid the egg. It usually takes about a half hour and one time, but I had a Speckled Sussex that took over three hours and I had to put her in again the following day. That was a stubborn hen but she did get the message. If you are not there during the day this may not help much but maybe you can catch her laying on the weekend?

    I am a firm believer in the benefit of a fake egg staying in the nest all the time. When a fake egg got scratched out of the nest, I had a hen lay next to that egg on the ground. She usually laid in the nest. When I put the fake egg back in the nest (and raised the lip on the nest box so it was harder to scratch out the fake egg), she went back to laying in the nest. If yours has established a nest on the ground, putting a fake egg in the nest may not change her habits, but it won't hurt.

    I can't help on getting her to resume laying. She may be hiding a nest on you, but it doesn't sound like it if she normally lays on the floor in the coop. This time of year, many of them slow down or stop laying due to the days getting shorter. Some of mine are molting and have just quit laying. Some have not started molting but have really slowed down laying anyway.

    Good luck! Hope this helps. And again, [​IMG]
  5. PhlyinPheBee

    PhlyinPheBee Poodles, Chicken, Goats--OH MY!!

    Mar 11, 2009
    Northeast Louisiana

    I had a yard egg myself yesterday. 4 in 3 different nest and 1 in the yard. I will never begin to understand my gals!!

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