nest box training

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrstomcat, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. mrstomcat

    mrstomcat Out Of The Brooder

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    I have my chickens in an opened fence area. Inside the fenced area is their house and nesting boxes. They have just started laying but not one has laid an egg in the nesting boxes. How do I train them to go the the straw boxes instead of out in the yard or on the ground in the house?
     
  2. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try placing a golf ball or fake egg in the nesting boxes so that get the idea that this is where they are to lay their eggs. I use plastic easter eggs and it works!
     
  3. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    golf balls or fake eggs in the nest boxes...or a light up neon sign with an arrow that says deposit eggs here! [​IMG]
     
  4. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Or you could try somehow fencing them in to the nest box area only, that always works. [​IMG]
     
  5. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ...you mean like velcro their butts to the box?
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

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  7. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    I'm not sure if that would work at all. [​IMG]
    For starters, how would one get the velcro attached to the chicken? [​IMG]
     
  8. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no kidding!

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    "You wanna put that WHERE?! I don't think so!"

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  9. Frithest

    Frithest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that keeping them locked in the space (coop or what have you) where the nesting box is, until after they lay each day, helps. Give them no alternative but to lay there?
    Beautiful girls, BTW. One of them looks just like one of mine.
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Golf balls worked for me.
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