Not using nest boxes

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

  1. layinghen8

    layinghen8 New Egg

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

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