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nesting box and egglaying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by flockmarket, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. flockmarket

    flockmarket Out Of The Brooder

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    okay so a few weeks ago my nesting box completely rotted away, so egglaying completely stopped. but i put in a new box today, so im wondering if the hens would have stopped laying simply because we replaced their nesting box with a plastic, white, box.
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I'd be looking over, under and behind everything to find where they were stashing the eggs during that time.
     
  3. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Ditto... they're laying somewhere!
     
  4. ChickenScratchin

    ChickenScratchin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ditto... they're laying somewhere!

    x3 They're sneaky lil buggers
     
  5. flockmarket

    flockmarket Out Of The Brooder

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    haha, well thats what ill have to do tommorrow! i found my previous stash months after we thought they stopped laying. grr
     
  6. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:So this has already happened once before? [​IMG]
     
  7. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We wondered why our egg production had gone down until I looked behind the coop door and found 21 eggs! Now they all lay behind the door and ignore the nesting area.
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    The only thing I can count on mine to do is lay in the coop. They have 7 nests for 14 hens (just the way things ended up) including varying sizes and privacy / darkness, so it's not like they have no choices. Yesterday all the eggs were in 2 nests, but during a typical week I always find some in a corner or even out on the coop floor. I gave up fighting it a long time ago; I just freshen the shavings, keep a few golf balls around, and collect them where I find them. I have had a hen lay and collect eggs outside the coop, twice as I recall, but they were broodies. Lately the broodies just move them around in the coop.
     
  9. flockmarket

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    well i noticed the golfball i put in their makeshift nest went missing, maybe they moved it to there "secret" nest, unfortunately i can't find it. maybe ill have to go loking outside.
     

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