new having problems

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by reaperhound2000, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. reaperhound2000

    reaperhound2000 Hatching

    Dec 12, 2007
    i have built a nice coop and have 6 hens that are about 8 months old and i have had them since they were chicks, i have been putting wheat straw in the elevated boxes but they keep kicking it out on the ground and i still have no eggs, and it does have about an 1 and a half inch lip on it so they have to work to get it out.. and they wont sleep in the boxes they sleep perched at the top of the enclosure... any help would be appreciated
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Hey there Reaper...welcome. As for the nest dont want them to sleep in them. They will poopy all over them and when they DO start laying, well....yuk, messy. Do they have a roost inside?? They like to sleep high up, away from predators. Maybe try some pine shaveings in the nest boxes, and another 1/2 inch to 1 inch lip. My guess is that they are clearing the nest boxes, looking for seed in the hay? Thats why I would go with pine shaveings. No seed to root around for.
  3. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Yep, I have to agree. Don't want them sleeping or looking for eggs in there. And yeah, the lip should be 4" You might try some way of making them dark too. Chickens like to lay eggs in dark places they think are safe.
  4. reaperhound2000

    reaperhound2000 Hatching

    Dec 12, 2007
    thanks guys i ll try that
  5. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    You may also want to add fake eggs to your nest boxes, if you haven't already. You can use golf balls, plastic easter eggs ones filled with sand or buy ceramic ones that look real from a craft store.

    Do your chickens free range or do you have an enclosed run attached to your coop?

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