New Layer, now all laying in wrong place

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nixon's Chicks, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. Nixon's Chicks

    Nixon's Chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 7, 2010
    Western Mass
    Our 2 Red Stars are about 6 months old.
    One hen started laying about 2.5 weeks ago and has been laying in the nest boxes every time.
    Until the second hen started laying 4 days ago.
    Now, they are both laying in the far corner of the chicken coop.
    Which is a serious pain, because we have 4 perfectly good nesting boxes with nice clean pine shavings yet, we have to crawl into the coop to get the eggs in the far corner.
    We put fake eggs(with a rock in them for weight) in all of the nesting boxes yesterday.
    We also turned the light on in the coop, so the corner would be bright and seem less convenient to lay in.
    Yet, they're still laying in the corner.
    Should I put today's eggs in the nesting boxes instead of the fake eggs?

    Thanks for your input!!
  2. Tomhusker

    Tomhusker Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    Hamburg, Iowa
    I understand they prefer darker area for laying. Try putting the light on the corner they are laying in.
  3. Nixon's Chicks

    Nixon's Chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 7, 2010
    Western Mass
    The light in the coop is right over where they were laying.
    Having it on didn't make a difference this morning.
    The nesting boxes are definitely darker than the rest of the coop, even when the light is on.
  4. mschazz

    mschazz Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 12, 2010
    I'm new to chickens also and am addicted. My girls have been laying for a month now and how I realized they were laying, my favorite layed an egg right at my feet!![​IMG] Now the girls are laying all over the yard:( Help.
  5. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    stuart florida
    try little curtains over the nest box

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