New Nesting Boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rocknominoe, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. Rocknominoe

    Rocknominoe In the Brooder

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    So my chickens were in a PVC coop, covered with a tarp, and had a nesting box that was a tote with a lid.

    They were there for a year and I felt they needed a new place so I moved them to an very large A-Frame coop. They have enough place to be in the run and I have a platform for them to nest on that is separate from where they roost. I know the coop portion is small but they don't have any problem fitting all 4 in there at night.

    So the first week I put their old nesting box in the run portion and they laid eggs every day in it. Then I took it out and no eggs. I was lucky to get 1 a day. So I figured my nesting boxes weren't up to their standards. I covered the clear roofing panel with a tarp to make it dark. I cut down some old totes that were similar to their old ones and put them there. But still they won't nest in them. I'm just out of ideas on what to do. They will get in and move all the shavings out but no eggs. And I know my girls, they can hold it until it drops out somewhere.
     

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  2. kumquat

    kumquat Songster

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    Do they free range? Could they have chosen a new nesting spot outside the run?

    Edited to add: Do you have any pics of your old & new setups?
     
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  3. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    I would suggest placing a few eggs there so they know to lay there.
     
  4. Rocknominoe

    Rocknominoe In the Brooder

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    I so I put 4 plastic eggs in the boxes and they ended up kicking them out of it and into the bottom of the run. so that was a bust. I was going to put their eggs in there but they ended up eating one. I have an egg eater too.

    They've gone from ranging during the day to being cooped up all day. No pictures of the old coop as I repurposed the materials to build it. Just got pictures of the new set up I can try to post. My last picture didn't add to well
     
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  5. Rocknominoe

    Rocknominoe In the Brooder

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    Ok so I have what's left of the old coop with their old box in it. And the pictures of the new coop with the nesting boxes and a pic to where their roosting rod is.

    If I just put that stupid pink box in the bottom of their run they'll lay eggs in there! But my goal is to not climb in to get eggs every day and accidentally let them out.
     

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  6. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Hey there can you shut the door and lock them in for a week they will learn where to lay
    they are being normal just now but need to learn your not far from me
     
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  7. Rocknominoe

    Rocknominoe In the Brooder

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    Actually I'm doing this today. I'm just going to lock them in and see how long it takes. I can wait them out.
     
  8. Rocknominoe

    Rocknominoe In the Brooder

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    Just want to make sure everything looks good and they're just being stubborn or if there's any other suggestions.
     
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  9. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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  10. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    I do not feel even stubborn but unknowing new territory
     

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