Laying Eggs on the floor....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Valley Girl, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Valley Girl

    Valley Girl Out Of The Brooder

    Hi,we have 25 hens that are laying just about every day and we usually find one maybe two eggs on the floor.Yesterday morning there was 10 on the floor!! Does anyone know what would cause at least half of them to do that? Thanks:)
  2. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    My just-starting-to-lay pullets do that until they figure out what nests are for. Could also be that they don't like whatever you have in the nest boxes. Mine prefer hay over pine shavings. Another possibility is that mites or some other critter in the nest boxes annoy the hens when they're in there.

    I'd change out all the nesting material, lightly dust the bottom of the nests with Sevin Dust, and add a few fake eggs to show them where they should be laying.

    Kathy, Bellville TX
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I would guess that the spot on the floor is darker an more "tucked away" than the nests are. Thats assuming you have plenty of nests an nest eggs in them. Hanging a curtain in front of them may help.
  4. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2009
    Pliny, West Virgina
    I have had this hen lay in the floor for 2 months... she refuses to lay in the nest...

    I have tried everything including putting a hard piece of plywood down where she lays... She is ver stuburn and layed right there on the dry plywood for a week whe I finally gave up and moved the plywood lol

    I tried adding the crate(in front of her in the pic)... I thought I might get her to lay in the crate and then move it up gradually...she wants no part of it either...

    She is the only NHR I have ...

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2009
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    When they first come into lay the urge seems to hit them all at once so sometimes a pullet will dump one wherever she happens to be standing. Eventually she figures it out and will head for a nest.

    Which leads to the second reason which is that sometimes all the nests are taken. I try to provide a nest for every five hens, but they are never going to use them all evenly. They have their favorites (the ones in the corners) and the ones they don't like as much (the ones in the middle). If she can't get into the one she wants she may just go and lay them where ever.

    Alternatively there may have been something in the nest that deterred her from getting in to lay. Sometimes it's a broody that fights everyone off, or it may have been a snake in the box, or who knows what.


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