Need nest box help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kkcummins, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. kkcummins

    kkcummins Out Of The Brooder

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    Some of my young pullets started laying about 2 weeks ago. I had my nest boxes bedded with pine shavings which I also have on the floor for litter. They have been laying outside in the run.
    I have fake eggs in the nest boxes and also added straw on top of the shavings, but they so far have refused to to use the them. I did find one egg in front of the nest boxes one time, but that's as close as they have gotten to laying in them. I have seen signs that the girls have been in them, such as the fake eggs being moved around, etc. How do I get them to lay in the nest boxes? The flock I had years ago just seemed to know that was where to lay their eggs and I never had this problem when they started laying. Right now, there is no way to close them out of their run.
     
  2. Shan30

    Shan30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most likely they will just figure it out, young pullets take a bit to figure the whole egg business out.

    Maybe post a picture of your nest boxes so we can see size, height, etc.
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2013
  3. BillM2

    BillM2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I built two for my hens but they just squawk at the boxes. If I put an egg in, they squawk even louder. They all prefer to lay in the corner of the coop about 2" from the boxes! They will even line-up for that spot.
     

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