One layer five players. Nesting box nightmare.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MrsWagley, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. MrsWagley

    MrsWagley Out Of The Brooder

    42
    1
    26
    Jul 30, 2014
    I have my first little group of hens. One, (my Barred Plymouth Rock) started laying on Christmas Eve, on my back porch table. I had to lock my girls up in the coop to get her to learn to lay in the box. She was a fast learner and is now laying in the box. My problem is that my five others all the same age(aprx 22 weeks), have not started laying and have taken to playing in the nesting boxes. I have two boxes side by side. The other girls get in and kick out the straw and poop it all up almost everyday, They all sleep on the roosting bars together so I know none are sleeping in the boxes. One day while going out to give them a snack I found my to Golden Buffs playing in the boxes while all the others stood watch. I keep cleaning them and putting new straw in but is there any other way to take care of this problem? My boxes are up and mounted of the side of the coop but are lower than the roosting bars. They also have a pretty nice sized run to play in and the coop part itself is plenty of space for the six of them.
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,319
    446
    221
    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    Redecorating the nesting boxes is often part of the laying process. They are making sure everything is just so. Find the charm in it.
     
  3. MrsWagley

    MrsWagley Out Of The Brooder

    42
    1
    26
    Jul 30, 2014
    Well that is a relief. I was worried that it was going to be a lasting behavior. Thanks for the info. It was kinda cute going out there and seeing them all watch the two playing in them, like they were waiting for their turn. [​IMG]
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    33,795
    6,925
    576
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Love the thread title!!

    Chances are, after they start laying well (up to a month or so) they'll stop playing and pooping in the nests.

    Tho even seasoned layers still poop in the nests once in a while.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by