Outdoor nesting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Strikefalcon, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Strikefalcon

    Strikefalcon Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi

    situation- new with 5 hens and just learning their ways. Hen(s) started laying last week and just found that there is an outside nest also. We don't know how many are laying but there has been only one egg at a time in the nesting box. when I let the girls out the hen that appears to be the queen disappeared and I found her nesting in the tall grass next to the coop. it looks like about 4 eggs in there. will knocking the grass down deter them from laying there. I'm also thinking that I should get some hay to line the nesting box.

    thoughts

    Thanks
     
  2. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a similar issue. Just keep them in the coop till noon or so for a few days until they have to lay in the nest boxes. If they begin to lay on the floor, gently put them in the nest box, and block it so they can't get out. keep them their until they lay, or until you are sure they will not produce an egg that day. Instinctive layers are a good thing, you just have to convince them your spot is better.

    We put a big pile of straw in our boxes and replenished it for about two weeks, then they had them just right. Every now and then, we add a bit to keep em busy before laying.
     
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  3. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    correct...I had this too, not only on lock down till noon or so, but I also added a curtain in front of the boxes....privacy and all you know...no more issues!
     
  4. Strikefalcon

    Strikefalcon Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks
     
  5. wyododge

    wyododge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok so I hit the wrong button and quoted myself...

    free bump I guess.
     
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