Hens stopped laying in the nests

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by awalters0815, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. awalters0815

    awalters0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    Plainfield, IN
    I have 7 hens that have all been laying for about a year. I have three nest boxes for them that they have been using since March. For the past couple months A couple of the birds had been laying eggs in the yard until I would find their stash and then they would lay in the nests again Suddenly, they all started laying on the floor of the coop in a corner. This has been going on for about a week. The only thing that may explain this is that one of our adolescent birds was caught and killed by a hawk last week. Is there anything I can do to encourage them to use the nests again?

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