Laying eggs on the ground

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

  1. Gross

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    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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