no longer using nestbox?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mom 2em All, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    My hen/pullet has been laying an egg a day-every day-since May/June- and has always used her nest box. When another pullet first used "her" box, she threw such a fit-and clucked/bawked/carried on so loudly- you could hear her across the street. She kept it up for about thirty minutes.

    That said, she continued to lay in her nest box anyhow. I was collecting two eggs a day from that box. I added another box, and I would get either two in that box, or one in each. For the past week, my original layer has started laying on the coop floor-right by the door that I use.

    Now, she has progressively started laying earlier and earlier. She started out laying between nine and nine thirty and gradually it has now become 5:30/ 6:00 a.m. Until today.

    Today, she came out of the coop and frantically began searching for 'something'. Squeezing herself in tight areas, running frantically around- until I picked her up and cuddled her and put her into her original nest box with some new hay.
    She laid her egg approximately ten minutes later. In the nest box.

    Whats going on with her?
  2. happyhen

    happyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    Northeastern Ohio
    I'm interested in knowing too!
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    She needs new wallpaper? A fresh vase of flowers? [​IMG]

    I have a couple of hens that occasionally chose to lay somewhere other than the nest box. They don't do it that often, thankfully so I'm not concerned about it. I did have one that started laying her eggs in the corner of the coop and then burying them under the shavings! I just happened to see part of an egg sticking out or I wouldn't have even known. I put a large, flat board over the bedding in that spot and she went back to laying in the nest box.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    What breeds are your girls?
  5. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    Quote:The one in question is what we believe to be a golden comet.
    The other one(s) using HER nestbox are Buff Orps.

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