how to get hen to lay in her box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rol5t, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. rol5t

    rol5t New Egg

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    i have three hens who've been laying for about 3 weeks. #1 started laying in her box from day 1. #2 laid outside the box for about a week then changed her mind and lays in the same box as the other. #3 insists on laying outside the box. our coop is constructed for easy access to the boxes and it's difficult to reach in to where #3 is laying. any suggestions on how to get #3 to lay in the box?
     
  2. madgoosefarm

    madgoosefarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got about 10 hens of varying breeds and plenty of nesting box sites in our barn. However, the girls like to play hide and seek with their eggs, I pretty much know where all their spots are, so I still get the eggs, but since they are completely free range, I think that must have a bearing on the haphazard laying program they've installed for themselves. I think you'd have to confine them in a fairly small space with the nesting boxes the only logical place for them to lay.
     
  3. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you might want to post this in the egg laying section, you'll get more answers there :]
     

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