How to get new layer to lay in a nest box?

Lor

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The 16 wk old wyandotte is laying her eggs in the run behind the shade cloth we hung up. How should I get her to lay in the nesting box? The first time she checked them out (one day last week) one of the older hens chased her out of the coop so I'm assuming she is afraid to go in there.
She seemed to lay around 5;30pm yesterday. Should I watch for her pacing around that time and try to put her in a nesting box?
 
Do you know around what time she lays the eggs? If it's in the morning, it may be a good idea to shut her in the coop for the entire morning and see if she lays in the nest box. Adding some golf balls always worked for me (the hens think they're eggs). The hens know where to lay if they see other eggs there.

Good luck and keep us posted!
 
Do you know around what time she lays the eggs? If it's in the morning, it may be a good idea to shut her in the coop for the entire morning and see if she lays in the nest box. Adding some golf balls always worked for me (the hens think they're eggs). The hens know where to lay if they see other eggs there.

Good luck and keep us posted!
She seemed to lay around 5:30 pm yesterday. I tried putting her in a nesting box twice. She just gets right out. LOL I have a couple of those fake eggs in there.
 
She seemed to lay around 5:30 pm yesterday. I tried putting her in a nesting box twice. She just gets right out.
When you put her in, did you try and keep her in there or just let her go?

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Now this isn't practical if you don't have time to stalk them, but what I did was I learned the problem bird(s) laying schedules, and when they went to their preferred spot to lay, I'd go and pick them up, stick them in a nest box, and barricade them in using my arms to cover the exit. 30-60 seconds was all they needed to calm down and start exploring the box and decide that maybe it wasn't such a bad place to be. They each started reliably using the boxes after that.

Alternatively, some folks design "doors" on their nest boxes so birds can be locked in, which basically does the same as above, but forces the bird to stay in the nest box (whereas once I see them exploring and sitting down in the nest, I leave them to it and walk away).
 
When you put her in, did you try and keep her in there or just let her go?
The coop is about 4 feet off the ground. Nest boxes are attached to the outside so that's where I opened it from to put her in the first 2 times. Third time I opened the door to the coop that's in the area /side where the nest boxes are. I placed the fake eggs just in front of the nest boxes so she was sure to see them.
She didn't lay an egg yesterday that I could find.
Not sure what time she will lay if she skipped a day. (it was pretty hot yesterday.)
I'll keep watch.
 
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