Laying in the roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicken_ladyGA, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. chicken_ladyGA

    chicken_ladyGA Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought new chickens yesterday. They are of laying age and are used to the nest box, so i gather eggs this morning and they layed on their roosting shelf its a old metal shelf they roost on . What is up with this ?[​IMG]
     
  2. Finn

    Finn Out Of The Brooder

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    Is the shelf is higher off of the ground compared to the nesting box,if it is you should get the shelf out of there because they'll take the high ground most of the time especially if its a wide flat surface.hope this helps.
     
  3. chicken_ladyGA

    chicken_ladyGA Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:yes the shelf was higher up than the nesting boxes , we took it out and made them some cute roosting rods from tree limbs , odd tho they tried sleeping on top of the nesting boxes but I moved them to the rods once it was dark , it is only the new chickens doing the odd laying and roosting [​IMG] thanks for the advice
     
  4. simba49450

    simba49450 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi there

    funny thing about chickens they will lay anywhere they want, none of mine ever used nesting boxes. just be thankful that it wasnt broke. lol
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I put golf balls in the nest boxes and so far I haven't found any eggs out of the boxes.
     
  6. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure you have enough nesting boxes.

    Some of mine started laying in the corner of the coop under the roosting drop board where I had to take a rake to retrieve them. This was a result of too many broody hens, therefore, not enough boxes. I added a couple of temp. milk crates problem solved.
     

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