Not laying in the nest box.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BENNY, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. BENNY

    BENNY Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 10, 2010
    I have six rhode island red pullets that just started laying Oct. 19th. I now get 5 to 6 eggs each day. One hen is still laying her eggs in the floor of the coop but all the others are using the nest boxes. My question is will the one hen who is not using the nest box learn to use the nest. I am impressed with the hens knowledge of were to lay now. 5 out of 6 isn't bad. Thanks for any replies. Benny
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Probably. They do settle down after they have been laying a month or two. I still get an egg on the coop floor, though -- not even once a week, just once in a while. I have learned where their spots are and just check them when I check the nests. Golf balls help but nothing is 100%, IME.
  3. gingerpeach22

    gingerpeach22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2010
    I have a hen which jumps in and out of multiple nest boxes, but I find her egg any old place on the floor or in the run. She may have had a big problem with an aggressive bird which pecked her off her chosen nest - who knows?
  4. Surehatch

    Surehatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2009
    Quote:I have the same problem - hens have a mind of their own

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