If this is normal what is the hay for??! (pix)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by devora, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Do your nest boxes get arranged like this by your girls?


  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Yep.no matter what I do.they lay eggs on bare spot...weird I thought [​IMG]
  3. DoctorGoose

    DoctorGoose Songster

    Jul 27, 2007
    hmm. That's cool. My nest boxes are deeper though, and ergo have more hay, so they don't do that.
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I have about 4 or more inches of pine shavings on top of a very thin layer of straw or hay. When bedding is thin I have had hens do that in the past. I just make sure there is plenty of bedding.
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Mine do that too, just that I have about 6 inches of highly packed material so they don't reach the dirt. *floor boxes
  6. aran

    aran Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    be thankful they use the bloody nesting boxes at all! I spent a whole weekend making mine and none of the girls use it...they just lay on the floor in the corner of the coop.
  7. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Quote:Isnt it frustrating Aran. all of mine freerange except the banties...........and only one of them is laying..........my bigger flock never did lay in the boxes.always when out and about or on floor of hen house !
  8. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

    Jul 14, 2007
    EXIT 109 on 95
    might want to put some wood shavings in they would be harder to kick out, mine make the bowl shape, box is deep enough that they dont hit wood
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2007
  9. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    I use wood shavings and they do the exact same thing, they keep digging till they have it all piled up on the sides.
  10. ZuniBee

    ZuniBee Songster

    May 8, 2007
    Zuni, Virginia
    Mine do the exact same thing. I watched one today and she kept turning and moving the straw with her mouth. It turned out exactly like your picture.

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