not laying in the boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bugkiller, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. bugkiller

    bugkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK i should not complain but i am going to. Got my first 2 shickens on tuseday. They are going in the coop at dusk on ther own right from the start. sleeping on the roost on there own. Even laid 3 eggs from 2 hens in the first 3 days in there new home. Now my problem is they are laying all over the coop not even near the nest box. Could they not like my nests. 5 Gal pails cut in half

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  2. bugkiller

    bugkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:PS there is bedding in the coop now. the pic was taken during the building stage.
     
  3. h_palmer

    h_palmer Out Of The Brooder

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    I had two lay boxes - wooden box on its side with a divider and fill it with straw thats when I only had two hens and each used to lay in their own box - now we have four and we put another wooden box up abit higher on its side again filled with straw now all four lay in that particular box - dunno why yours are laying in them what do you put into the pails, maybe if your take off the front - ours are cover over so its a little dark, I would try a pail not cut in half but left whole, put some holes in it and take off the top and maybe they will lay in that, maybe yours are too open, really dont know I am a novice at this myself....

    I hope someone out there that has more knowledge can help you out.

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    Heather
     
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  4. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the top is kind of high...and wide open....they like it a little more private...you should cut i little more so it has a lower entrance...check out other next boxes...aslo does it have hay or
    some type pf bedding in thr next box????......put a golf ball...to act as a fake eggs to teach the hens where to lay...
     
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  5. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    Make sure there is straw or pine shavings in the nests so that they look like a nest - and then put some fake eggs or golf balls in there to show them what they're to be used for. Good luck!
     
  6. bugkiller

    bugkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes i am tryin the golf ball trick tonight and there is pine shavings in both boxes.
     
  7. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think you need to cut the front opening so it looks more like a walk in next box for them!
     
  8. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    Are the bucket halves stable? If they roll sideways, that might be off-putting to the chickens. I agree, too, that the high ends might make it difficult for them to enter the nest. I hope you work it out and they figure out where they're supposed to lay their eggs! [​IMG]
     
  9. pokemonshop

    pokemonshop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    use golf balls !!!!! it works like magic [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. cluck-darth-peep

    cluck-darth-peep Out Of The Brooder

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    I took a store bought egg, put a very small hole at each end, then blew out the egg. I placed one (emptied egg) in every other nest box. My RIR laid her first egg 6:30am today, and she laid that egg in a nest box with the empty egg. The other 2 chickens also look at the nest boxes with the empty eggs. So if you do not have a golf ball, blow out a store bought egg. And no, none of the chickens, (2 are heavy breeds) have broken the blown out eggs. [​IMG]
     

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