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not laying in nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cjc, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. cjc

    cjc Hatching

    Sep 27, 2009
    My girls have stopped laying in their nesting boxes. They now lay on the ground in the straw.
    What is wrong?

  2. swimmer

    swimmer Songster

    Aug 17, 2010
    Try putting some golf balls in the nest. Is there enough straw bedding in the nest box so it's nice and soft? Dark enough?
  3. mgw

    mgw Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    I agree with swimmer, fresh bedding and put the decoy egg back in.
  4. MyKidLuvsGreenEgz

    MyKidLuvsGreenEgz Songster

    Jan 11, 2011
    Colorado Plains
    I have plastic easter eggs that i keep in the nesting boxes (we use cat carriers found at the thrift store) but the girls keep throwing them out. And we keep putting hay in the nesting boxes but again, they keep kicking it all out. About 70% of the time they lay in the boxes, and the other 30% on the ground. In the last 4-5 months, tho, only one egg got trampled.

    They'll get the hang of it.

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