Not using nest boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by layinghen8, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. layinghen8

    layinghen8 Hatching

    Jan 1, 2008
    My hens just started laying and they are not using the nest box. The lay wherever. Some times in a pile of poop and sometimes out in the middle of the yard. I collect a couple of times a day so the eggs are not sitting in anything to long , but are the eggs ok if they have been in a pile? I wash them right away but I'm concerned that they are absorbing yuck.

    I was walking through the yard the other night and stepped on one.

    Any suggestions on how can i get them to lay in the nest box.
  2. OHChick

    OHChick Songster

    May 8, 2007
    hi there. try locking them in their coop for a day or two. usually does the trick.

    of course mine laid diligently in the nest boxes until recently when they moved to the hay in the barn. [​IMG]

    good luck.
  3. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    try puttung fake eggs in the nest

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: