My sussex chickens dont lay where they nest ???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenlegend1, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. chickenlegend1

    chickenlegend1 New Egg

    Aug 3, 2011
    Hey i have many chickens on my farm over twenty and my 5 sussex chickens are 2 years old!!
    They used to lay in the nest box then out in the fields lately we havent found these eggs!!
    For the first month or 2 we would follow them and find massive amounts of eggs the chickens would then continue
    to lay in these spots!!!
    Now in the last 2 weeks or more we have found none.
    I followed the chickens and the other week i found 2 of them goin to different spots
    i followed them and i was positive they didnt see me the 2 of them i let them off for 1 hour they had went away and when i came
    back the to nests were empty
  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL
    Are they in a coop at night? My chickens started doing this and I only have a backyard to check so not a big deal. I let mine out in the yard during the day but when they started "hiding" their eggs I left them in their coop not letting them out for a few days. I put fake eggs in the nest box to encourage them to lay there. They now lay in their nestbox all of the time.
  3. chickenlegend1

    chickenlegend1 New Egg

    Aug 3, 2011
    YES there locked up at night but i never locked them in for three days thanks for that might be usefull info!!!
    Thamks again:)
  4. Beaker Duck

    Beaker Duck BYC's CUTE Travelling Mascot

    Jul 22, 2011
    All Over
    We had girls that did that-- jumped out of the run and disappeared , laying their eggs in 2 different neighbors sheds, and one neighbors barn. I read on here to lock them up for a week, but I only left them locked up for 2 days, and after that they always came back to the coop to lay.

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