Hens not using nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by abbygibson1212, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. abbygibson1212

    abbygibson1212 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 hens who just started laying a couple of weeks ago and the coop they were in did not have any nesting boxes, so they started laying on the ground, now I have a coop that I put them in last week, and it has 3 boxes on it but they are still laying on the ground. I tried putting golf balls in the boxes and then I had an egg that froze and cracked, but since it's still below 20 degrees here it's still frozen, so I've been putting the frozen egg in a box, but the hens just knock anything that I use to encourage laying, out of the box and on to the floor, and then lay beside it. Any suggestions on what to do?
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Is there a good sized lip, like 3-4", on the front of the box?
     
  3. abbygibson1212

    abbygibson1212 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, the lip is pretty small, I bought it from Orschelns so I figured it would be built right, but maybe I need to add a lip on to it. @aart
     

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