New layers

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BrentsBeginning, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. BrentsBeginning

    BrentsBeginning Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all!
    We think we have some new chickens laying. They are laying on the ground and not in the nesting boxes. We only have 8 chickens and two boxes. I think we need to put more boxes in. My son Brent doesn't think so. What's everyone's opinion?
     
  2. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens

    Another may help.
    Did you put any "dummy eggs" in the boxes?
    fake eggs/golfballs?
     
  3. BrentsBeginning

    BrentsBeginning Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, glass dummy eggs have been placed in the nesting boxes.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I think it's unlikely that the number of nesting boxes is your problem as the recommended ratio if 1 nesting box for every 5 hens. More likely, it's either the size, location, orientation, or lack of either easy access, sufficient bedding or adequate darkness (or any combination of these) in your nesting boxes. LocalYokel's suggestion of putting "fake eggs" in the nesting boxes is a good one.
     
  5. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens

    I was thinking size too.
    My bantams lay fine in an Milk crate screwed to the back wall of the tractor.
    My full size hens really like this medium large dog crate I throw scrap hay in.
    Darkness,privacy can sometimes affect em too.
    Maybe curtains would help, silly as it sounds, privacy can sometimes make a difference.
    As they come into lay further hopefully their behavior will change.
    Praise em if ya see em in the boxes, and their not just horsin around.
    Make sure they're not too hot maybe?
    Hopefully someone more knowledgeable replies.
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    In the past, i have picked up a hen that is settling to lay and placed it in the nest box - worked for me.

    CT
     
  7. BrentsBeginning

    BrentsBeginning Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you to all. I was thinking that the two nesting boxes were occupied, therefore hence the laying on the ground. I have placed another rack with three more spaces with dummy eggs and its in a darker area. hopefully they will learn. Found another egg on the ground this am and it was broken. :(
     
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    You're welcome.
     

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