Hens DID lay in boxes, now laying in other places....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Monfortfamily, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. Monfortfamily

    Monfortfamily Out Of The Brooder

    May 24, 2015
    Hello everyone!
    We have 15 Brown hyline hens, all of which were laying in the nesting boxes until recently. We redesigned our coop a bit, and added a "poop deck" (that is filled with PDZ for easy cleaning.) Anywhoo, lately I seem to find 1-4 eggs on the poop deck or sometimes even on the floor of the coop, and the rest in the boxes. What gives? Do we need more nesting boxes? (we currently have 3) All the ladies seem to prefer to lay earlier in the morning (I typically have all 14-15 eggs by 10am)

    Any ideas/advice is welcome!
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    A bit weird that one eh? Maybe the poop board is higher than the nesting boxes? I seem to recall the ideal nest to hen ratio being around 1:4, but to be honest, all my hens lay in the same nest (sometimes two at a time) so that may not be the cause. Chickens don't like change (i must be a chicken i think [​IMG]) so maybe your renovations have caused a bit of confusion. Based on my limited experience, all i can suggest is making the poop board lower than the nests.

    Good luck
  3. 1ChickenKeeper

    1ChickenKeeper Out Of The Brooder

    I agree, they may have gotten confused at where to lay. (Seems like a perfect way to clean poop)

    A little bit the same as CT said, 1 nesting box for every 4 hens is usually recommended.

    Hmm... Maybe CT is correct about the "poop deck" because I honestly can't really think of anything else :fl
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Any change can throw them for a loop and take a few days to get used to.
    More nests might help, they may all want to lay in the same one, but often are laying at the same time and it can cause a ruckus or laying elsewhere.
    Might want to add one more and put some fake eggs and/or golf balls in all but one.

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