How to get hens to use their nesting box(es)?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jarclyn, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. jarclyn

    jarclyn In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2013
    Southern Arkansas
    My babies are finally at the age to start laying, and we're really excited! I think maybe just one or two are laying right now (we have 4),and I know for sure my EE isn't laying,we've only gotten brown eggs. While we have gotten some eggs so far, we're having a problem with where they are laying. The girls will lay anywhere that is NOT their nesting box or coop area. Only one egg has been laid in a "preferred" area, the rest have all been laid in the dirt! Also, can we eat the eggs if they've been laid in the dirt? I don't know how porous their eggs are. Basically, I just need any tips and tricks that you guys have to get my babies to lay where they are supposed to lay. Thanks!
  2. Rich386

    Rich386 Songster

    Jul 21, 2011
    Live Oak, FL
    Put golf balls or fake eggs in the box so they get the idea.
  3. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Songster

    Jan 16, 2012
    My Coop
    First of all congrats on your first eggs! Those are the best! You can try putting golf balls or plastic eggs in the nest boxes to show them where to lay. I would personally still eat the eggs that were laid in the dirt. As long as you clean them very well they will be fine. I hope that helps!

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