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Mob mentality, now she has them all laying in the coop! Grr.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hatrick, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. Hatrick

    Hatrick Songster

    Apr 4, 2009
    Alright so my hold out chicken who only started laying about two weeks ago has now got my other two layers who've been laying since September, laying eggs in a little hole they dig in the coop. AHHHH! [​IMG] I've tried to catch them doing it and then move them to the nest box during but it doesn't seem to be working. How can I break them of this NEW habit? Finally got them NOT sleeping in the nest boxes and now they won't use them at all. Good grief.

  2. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    What kind of chickens do you have? Some breeds are harder to get to use nests than others. Also, where are your nests?
  3. Hatrick

    Hatrick Songster

    Apr 4, 2009
    3 Plymoth Barred Rocks, two of them were consistently using the nest boxes so I know it's not location, but only since that other one started digging herself a little nook in the coop did the others follow suit.
  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    try putting a metal bucket up-side down in the spot or something that is not stable and put a fake egg or golf ball in the nest box as an incentive to go back in the box, if your slow poke is the first layer for the day that's why the others are doing the same

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