New Layer Not Laying in Nest Box, Help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mylilchix, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have 14 hens who are 21-23 weeks old now. We have 2 that have been laying for about 3 weeks now, and another started laying yesterday!! [​IMG] The hen that just started laying won't lay her eggs in the nest boxes. She makes a little nest in the straw in a corner of the run next to our feed bin, and that's where she laid. How can I get her to use the nest boxes? I've put fresh straw and pine shavings in the nest boxes and added some plastic eggs to give her the hint. We've narrowed it down to 2 hens that have been using the same nest in the run. Today my ds put both of them in the nest boxes to give them a hint. Any other suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Sonja
     
  2. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's about what I would do, and just keep on until she gets the idea. Can you put something in her usual spot so she can't get to it?
     
  3. mylilchix

    mylilchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for your help! I could try to block that spot, but I think she'll just move down. The run is covered with straw right now because they had pecked apart a bale I had put in there this summer.

    Sonja
     
  4. The Farmers Wife

    The Farmers Wife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the fake eggs should do the trick...eventually most pullets just "outgrow" the laying in the floor thing.....give her time......... [​IMG]
     

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