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How to get the hen to lay in the boxes.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nwe319, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. nwe319

    nwe319 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys my hen laid her first egg for me today, but on the ground [​IMG] not in the hen boxes I spent HOURS building! My question is -how do I convince her to lay them in hen boxes (that have a roof I can raise to easily access the eggs? Thanks!
     
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    This is very common in new layers. To encourage her (and other new layers) to lay in the nest box, place some golf balls (or any other egg looking object) in the nest box. This should encourage her to lay where she is suppose to.

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  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    I have wooden eggs in each of my boxes, helps a lot when they first start, and later they use more of the boxes instead of all trying to cram into the one where the first egg of the day has been layed [​IMG]
     
  4. nwe319

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    Thanks guys, I will give it a try!
     

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