nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenlover96, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. chickenlover96

    chickenlover96 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2011
    ok well i just bought 20 new laying hens and they are laying there eggs on the floor how can i get them to lay in the nesting boxes
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Collect the ones on the floor as often as you can. You can put some fake eggs in the nest box to encourage them to lay there, or perhaps leave some of the real ones in the nest box over night. I still have one hen who insists on laying her egg on the floor of the coop right in front of the nest box [​IMG]
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I wouldn't leave the real eggs in there but I would leave the fake eggs in the boxes. You don't want them eating their eggs. I had a snake get in my coop one night & ate a fake egg .[​IMG]
  4. chickenlover96

    chickenlover96 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2011
    i have tryed golfballs as fake eggs but nothing works i have them in with my 30 older hens and they all lay eggs in the nest
  5. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Central MA
    I want to know answer, too!!
    One of my hen used to laying eggs in the nesting box then started laying on the floor.
    So one nice sunny day, I kept open coop door (normally I just open little chicken door) so I thought it's too bright to lay egg on the floor.
    THEN found out she started laying eggs in the bush next to the coop [​IMG]
    A few weeks of rainy days might change her habit I thought... But she still lay eggs in the bush.

    How I can make her go back to nesting box!!!!!
  6. Tomhusker

    Tomhusker Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    Hamburg, Iowa
    Quote:Lock her up in the coop for a few days.

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