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New layers ignoring nest boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JokinOkie, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. JokinOkie

    JokinOkie Hatching

    Apr 13, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    During the recent cold snap here in Seattle, two of my Ameracauna pullets have come of age and started laying. My star layer stopped laying when the days grew short in Autumn, and so the newbies have never seen a hen using the next boxes. So they've chosen a spot on the far side of the coop under the roosts--probably the least convenient spot for egg-collecting.

    I've put a golf ball in the box, but they're not taking the hint. How can I correct this behavior before it becomes an unbreakable habit for these birds?
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I'd try putting a box or dish pan where they're laying. Get them to lay in that and then start moving the box a few inches a day toward the real nesting boxes. Eventually you'll have them where you want them!

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