Mixed up Hen..... please advise

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Canarygirl, May 16, 2007.

  1. Canarygirl

    Canarygirl In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2007
    My hens just started to lay last week. They were using the boxes just fine untill one lame brain got the idea to start laying on the floor in the corner of the coop, now they all are. How do I get them now to stop and start using the boxes again? LOL:rolleyes:
  2. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Quote:My chickens occasionally lay on the floor; most of them lay in one of their 4 nesting boxes in the hen house. My two leghorns, which lay white eggs, always lay in the same box. Then a couple of them started laying in the dogs house so they just didn't lay anywhere I put a box in there out of harms way which they still use today. So I would suggest temporary put a box on the floor maybe someone has a better suggestion mine would make a nest on the floor but not for sometime now.
  3. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    Drop the boxes to the floor or put fake eggs inside the nest boxes. Both can work and eventually, you can gradually lift the boxes back up to a higher level. Some just feel better on the floor, so I always offer a floor level nest for those hens.

  4. chasehope

    chasehope Songster

    Mar 2, 2007
    Eastern Washington
    my silkies lay in a doghouse inside the hen house. It seems to be what makes them feel safest and they are egg laying machines (except right now they are egg hatching machines)

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