I need help getting my chickens to find their nesting boxes!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by colincrompton, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. colincrompton

    colincrompton Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay so our chickens are about 21 weeks and showing the first signs of readiness to lay (red cobs, grooming our rooster, etc.) However they have expressed no interest in their nesting boxes. I've removed all other "private" areas in the yard so they won't lay out there, Put plastic easter eggs in the boxes and even put herbs in there to lure them in. I'm afraid about picking them up and putting them in there because last time I tried to pick one up they were scared of me for a week. Any ideas in order to show them their boxes? Or should I just sit tight.

    The nesting boxes:

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    The inside of one of the boxes
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    EDIT: Success! the birds found the boxes! (and didn't mind the trays!)
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2013
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I think you've done all you can. You might consider white golf balls or fake eggs...unsure what they think of purple and yellow...might not matter to them...but it might.
     
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  3. colincrompton

    colincrompton Out Of The Brooder

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    I know Those were the only eggs we had though, and I don't think the weird eggs are scaring them away, they haven't even investigated them at all, in the places where I haven't disturbed it there's actually a layer of dust.
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think they will like the metal trays. How strong is the herb smell? Chickens have sensitive respiratory systems.

    It will help if you fill the Easter eggs with rocks. Also, make a little hole in the nest and put them there.
     
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  5. colincrompton

    colincrompton Out Of The Brooder

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    The metal trays are there to make it easier to clean, i've already filled the eggs with sand. I dunno like a few sprigs or rosemary and lavender per a box.
     
  6. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd replace the shavings and herbs with straw in one of them so that they have options. Mine don't consider shavings nesting material.

    I'd also try without the trays. Those look like the first time one stepped on the edge it would flip scaring the crap out of it and probably cure it of ever using it again.
    I just put a pair of garden gloves on and pull my straw out and replace with new. As long as you don't let them sleep in there it shouldn't get dirty enough to worry about the trays.
     
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  7. colincrompton

    colincrompton Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, so straw? The only reason were using the shavings is because we've got a massive bag of it and we use sand for our floor material. Should I put some herbs into the straw? And sleeping there isn't a problem as they have some roosts higher up.
     
  8. iheartnh

    iheartnh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2 - I was thinking the same thing about the trays. My ladies are afraid of the stainless steel bowls I used to put in their run for their treats - I would NEVER get an egg if I used shiny silver trays in the boxes!
     
  9. colincrompton

    colincrompton Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, noted
     
  10. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whats the purpose of the herbs? I think you could probably do without that.
     
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