Laying eggs on the ground

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gross, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. Gross

    Gross Hatching

    Apr 30, 2014
    My hens have just started laying and will not use the nesting boxes I've had set up for weeks. I have placed golf balls in them and even left a real egg in one while a hen was looking to make her nest to lay. She also laid on the ground. I have wooden boxes and plastic milk crates, both filled with wood shavings. What can I do different? I have placed the boxes on the ground where they have laid. I have placed some about 8 to 10 inches off the ground and have some 3 to 4 feet off the ground. All are below the roosting poles. I guess they just like the ground.
  2. Some flocks just take a while learning where to lay. Keep with it and they will learn....hopefully!

    Make sure it is a darkened area that has privacy. Make it small enough they feel safe.

    Hope that helps.

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