New nesting boxes just aren't catching on?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bnchristian, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. bnchristian

    bnchristian Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2009
    Since we got our chickens I always wanted a fancy nesting box set, but used milk crates in the mean time. Milk crates worked great but I wanted a propper nesting box. So I finally got one, a really nice ten holer. Two weeks and still only one hen will go near it. what can I do? I took all, but one crate out. some of my young hens that have not started laying yet seem to like it??
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    Try putting golf balls or wooden eggs in the new nesting boxes. I would take out all the old ones.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Have you tried putting golf/pingpong balls or fake eggs in the nests?

  4. koifarm

    koifarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Definitely put some "starter" eggs in there...I use the soapstone ones but you can get the plastic easter eggs and fill em with balls, anything remotely resembling an egg shape...they'll come around...
  5. louloubean

    louloubean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2009
    OC, NY
    yup, golf balls work like a charm here!

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