Hen won't lay in nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by el Toro, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. el Toro

    el Toro New Egg

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    She will sit in the box and make herself a little nest, but she won't lay in it. She has a nest built under a bush in the yard where she liks to lay. I blocked it off and she plopped down and layed in the middle of the lawn. Sometimes I swear she is holding it in until I let her out of the coop. She sometimes will lay within minutes of being let out. Is there anything I can do to get her to use the nesting box? That sure would be easier than going on an egg hunt every day.
     
  2. BuffMomma

    BuffMomma Out Of The Brooder

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    I was told you could put golf balls or wooden eggs in the boxes as a decoy it worked for one of mine
     
  3. el Toro

    el Toro New Egg

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    I don't want her brooding though. Should I just take a couple of her eggs and put in the box for a few days?
     
  4. BuffMomma

    BuffMomma Out Of The Brooder

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    what kind is she you can try that it will work as well as the golf ball
     

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