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Hens laying eggs in random places

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lesley7244, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. lesley7244

    lesley7244 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,

    New owner here. My chickens just started laying this week. Yippee!!!

    I have three eggs so far. Two I found buried under all the straw. Am I always going to have to hunt through the coop straw or will they learn to lay in a nest box? I have three nest boxes that I just fluffed with straw. Do people really use an egg to train them to lay in a box?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Placing a fake egg or a golf ball in the nest box does help some, yes. Give it a try?
     
  3. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    Ditto[​IMG]. If you have straw on the floor & in the boxes, it may take them longer to adjust. We have pine shavings on the floor & straw in the nest boxes and other than a couple of whoopsies when they began, they always lay in the boxes.
     
  4. MorgansManor

    MorgansManor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 10 nesting boxes filled with hay and little mixture of pine bedding all the girls seem to love it except for one. I have a partridge rock hen that is determined to lay in my dog's house everyday. I call her my crazy chicken :)
     
  5. buddy phoenix

    buddy phoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a blue cochin hen thats lays her eggs in with our jack russells dog house. glad to here im not only one with a crazy chicken. n missy guard them when hen is eating.
     
  6. MorgansManor

    MorgansManor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bet the blue cochin is beautiful. I have been thinking about getting a few Cochin to add to the flock.
     
  7. mrsc1951

    mrsc1951 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got two day old chicks for my little bantam who had been broody (I can't have a roo) and one of them is half Cochin. She has all the physical traits of the cochin - she is huge, about 9 lbs, a ball of feathers and she has the most wonderful little personality. If I lived in a cooler clime, I would have more but I think the heat here in SW Florida is too much for them. Of all my girls, she is absolutely my favorite. Very friendly, curious and gorgeous. She is only half Cochin, the other half is SLW.
     
  8. MorgansManor

    MorgansManor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh well i had not thought about the heat being and issue. Here in Arkansas it can get very hot but my flock has lots or shade and dirt to dig down. Btw now a buff and golden lace where in the dog house oh mine what has that partridge rock started out there.
     
  9. buddy phoenix

    buddy phoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    blue is crazy when she walks i laugh. mostly feathers in motion! i just cant find a roo.
     
  10. Brandi Leigh

    Brandi Leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    I leave two golf balls in all 5 of my nest boxes and it really helped encourage our hens lay in the boxes. But I still on occasion find a random egg in the middle of the floor.
     

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