How to get hens to lay in NEW, TOP LEVEL nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ahoward, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. ahoward

    ahoward Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 26, 2014
    I have four, one-year-old hens that have been laying in milk crates (on their sides) on top of concrete blocks (also on their sides).

    I also have five hens that just started laying. I built two additional boxes out of crates and secured them to the top of the current nesting boxes. I have golf balls in all boxes and perches on both levels so the hens can get up to the boxes.

    None of the hens seem to have noticed the top boxes. Maybe they are too high? Any tips for getting hens to lay in top row nesting boxes?
  2. Farm Girl 1

    Farm Girl 1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2014
    Maybe the hens don't know that those are new nests, I suggest picking up a hen and putting her into the new boxes. Every time you see a hen start to look like she is about to lay just try putting her into the top boxes.

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