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Nest box bedding

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Pennae, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. Pennae

    Pennae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi i have some hens and in the bottom of the coop there is straw and i have nesting boxes but they lay on the ground so im wondering if i need to put different bedding in the boxes or what do i do
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    How old are the birds and how long have they been laying? Have they ever laid in the box and only recently moved to the floor or have they always laid in the floor? Can you tell us a bit about the nest boxes - size, location in the coop, what they are bedded with, etc?
     
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  3. Pennae

    Pennae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well they are all over a year old i have 3 three that are like 2 years and the 3 that are two years old always laid on the floor but the others havent and the floor is hay the nest boxes are in the corner raised off the ground and they have laid in the boxes in the beginning but then they stopped
     
  4. petalumapaul

    petalumapaul Out Of The Brooder

    some chickens are strange
     
  5. Pennae

    Pennae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    would me putting wood shavings in te boxes makee them lay there instead of hay
     
  6. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine have shaving in the bottom and straw on top. But I use milk crates, so I put the shaving in there to fill in the holes from the milk crate :D

    Are they big enough? Maybe she doesn't think she can fit? Maybe she wants more or less light or privacy?

    I agree, chickens can be weird lol, and PICKY about where they lay. All things considered, that's a baby to them lol, so they are very particular about privacy and safety. ;)

    Edit to add, some golf balls or fake eggs in the nesting box might encourage them. If you're not leery if egg eaters, you could pick up one off the floor and put it in the nest for the time being, but I caution on that, because one errant poke and it'll start an egg eating habit, so I would recommend a fake one to use permanently, or just until they get the point ;)
     
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