hens laying from roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jsanders, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. jsanders

    jsanders Out Of The Brooder

    May 15, 2009
    Calera aka Minooki
    My girls have been doing good, starting to lay. I noticed a week or so ago an egg under the roost, then everyday afterwards. Now it seems another hen has started laying on the roost. They were all but 1 using the nest boxes and thought they would come around. Any suggestions?
  2. newchicksnducks

    newchicksnducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just posted this in another section...so you're not alone:) Are the eggs found under the roost fully formed-hard shelled eggs? My young layers consistently use the nesting boxes, unless they lay a soft-shelled egg. Six out of seven soft shelled eggs were layed while on the roost and dropped onto the droppings board. Maybe they thought it was just a big poop? I figure these are coming from the new layers as they first start to lay and don't quite know what is going on. Hopefully their systems will regulate quickly and they will all use the boxes once they have firm shells:D I keep offering layer feed (Purina Layena) and free choice oyster shell, as well as ACV in their water. Good luck!

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