laying in boxes backward

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cogs, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. Cogs

    Cogs New Egg

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    Hi, I'm new to caring for Chickens and I really enjoy them. I visit BYC all the time. I don't see any post about chickens laying in their boxes backward! Thus, the eggs land outside of the box half the time. Barred Rocks and RIR are 6 months old so they, too, are new to this. Are the boxes not private enough? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Put a larger lip on the boxes so that their butt does not stick up over the edge.
     
  3. dawg53

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  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    What sourland said- [​IMG]
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  6. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    First things first [​IMG] Glad you joined us as we enjoy new faces ......
    The laying box should have four sides and the front should be a lip of at
    least three to four inches to keep the egg's in and yes a lot of chickens
    face inward as there is a lot on their minds and in deep concentration.....

    gander007 [​IMG]
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow Welcome to BYC and Happy Holidays! X4 what sourland said, you probably need deeper boxes, I like a 4-6" lip. Is it always happening at the same box? If they can't get in a favorite box because somebody else is in it, sometimes a hen will sit on the edge and lay from there. You could try posting pictures of your boxes in the Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying forum.
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If it's the favorite laying nest box, other chickens impatient to use it, will often lay an egg on top of the current resident- so it will fall out. Nobody has accused chickens of being Mensa members.
     
  9. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Hi and :welcome

    Haha yes I agree with the other advice. We have our nesting areas (they're not technically boxes) at ground level, so nothing has a chance of falling out.
    Perhaps they just like it dark when they're laying so they face inwards. :lol:

    Good luck!
     
  10. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

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