laying eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mini farm, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. mini farm

    mini farm New Egg

    Jul 16, 2016
    I have put ping pong balls in my nesting boxes. I have 6 chickens and so far I have only 2 laying eggs but one of them will only lay its eggs in my goats house. What can I do?
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland

    Placing decoys like ping pong or golf balls in the nest boxes is a good idea. If they still lay stray eggs, you may need to keep them cooped up in the mornings until they are done laying, before letting them out and give them no choice but to use the nest boxes provided. Make sure the nest boxes are comfortable, clean, semi-dark and attractive for them.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 3-4 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. Fake eggs/golf balls in the nests can help 'show' them were to lay. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.

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