New Coop & Blending 2 year olds & this year's Chicks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Montana-Hens, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. Montana-Hens

    Montana-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2008
    Buxton, Montana
    I decided that my need for a new larger coop and blending my existing ladies with the new ladies should happen all at once. I figured no one owned the new coop so it would make for a single upset of the hens & pecking order.

    So far very good, no major fluff ups. The older ladies are clearly at the top of the pecking order, but nothing wicked.

    I did end up with one problem. One of my 2 year-old hens refuses to use the nest boxes. She lays in a corner and if I don't get it up right away other ladies lay on it. If I get it immediately or it is her off day, all her old flock mates all lay in the boxes. I keep a golf ball in one of the boxes hoping that she will remember what they are for.

    Any suggestions on how to get Dolly back in the nest box?

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