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My silky lays in the dirt not in nestbox

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by csaszbe1, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. csaszbe1

    csaszbe1 New Egg

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    She's just started laying and although there are 3 nesting boxes she csn choise from, she continues to lay her eggs in the dirt in the chicken run. Is that normal behaviour? I tried putting her on the nest once, but nothing changed. Shall I just let her to it?
     
  2. orion141

    orion141 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you have golf balls or fake eggs in the nesting box? If not that might help convince her to lay there. it took a few of my pullets at least a few days before they got the hang of laying in the nest box.
     
  3. csaszbe1

    csaszbe1 New Egg

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    I'll try that, thx! It's just weird, because it's never happened before with any of my chooks.
     
  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    There's always one nut case in any flock [​IMG] If the above advice doesn't work, then you may wish to consider locking her in the coop every morning until she lays - left with little choice, they seem to migrate towards the nest boxes.

    All the best
    CT
     
  5. csaszbe1

    csaszbe1 New Egg

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    Yeah, little nutbag! [​IMG] Thx for the advice
     

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