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Laying eggs on coop floor after loosing one of our hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by myfarm30, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. myfarm30

    myfarm30 In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2015
    We had a fox take one of laying hens we only had three so now down to just two. Since then the other two are laying their eggs on the coop floor. I had no issue before with them use the nesting boxes. I have three new pullets that will join them in a few months. I don't want the new ones to get into the habit of laying on the floor.
    We also used to free range our hens but now they are confined to their run. Could all of these changes be effecting their behavior. If so is there anything I can do to fix this? I tried putting a fake egg in the nesting boxes since the hen that fox got always laid first but it didn't work.

  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Crowing

    Jan 14, 2012
    Conway SC
    Add a couple new nesting boxes with some soft hay and a fake egg in them!
  3. Chickassan

    Chickassan Free Ranging

    Yes, chickens get freaked out when stuff happens. A flock member is gone and now their free range routine has been changed. They will probably get back to normal but it will take time.They really are sticklers for routine .
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    What's the timeline on hen being gone and fake egg?
    Can take time for them to adjust.

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