New Layer Not Using Nesting Box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LifeOnTheMt, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. LifeOnTheMt

    LifeOnTheMt In the Brooder

    Sep 28, 2016
    When one little issue is resolved another will surely arise!

    We have new layers (yay)! One is not using the nesting box, instead laying in the furthest corner of the raised coop. I can squeeze in there daily (if need be) but it's not desirable. Anyway to redirect her? Maybe a box or something upside down in that corner? Add fake eggs or golf balls to the nesting box? There are real eggs in the nesting boxes daily (we have four and they actually only use one) so I'm not sure that's necessary.
    Full disclosure: no idea which hen is doing this. When I climb in there are two with significant interest and they seem to be in and out of the coop the most lately.
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Free Ranging

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    It's normal for a new layer (and some older ones, too). Keep taking the eggs and leave something in the nest boxes to encourage her to lay there.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Yes, putting something in that corner should help to deter her from laying there.
    Yes, putting fake eggs/golf balls in the nests will help bait them to lay there.

    I keep fakies in all the nests all the time to 'spread the love' works most the time to reduce traffic jams.
    Might leave one nest without a fakie.
    I had a pullet once who refused to lay in the nest with the fakie when she first started laying,
    she eventually got over it tho.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by