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Please help!!!! Hens are driving me crazy (won't lay in nesting box)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TubbyChicken, May 16, 2009.

  1. TubbyChicken

    TubbyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 hens that have been laying for more than a month...not a single one has laid in the nesting "box"...

    I use a bucket with a hole cut out...it was previously used with another flock and they had no problem using it everytime...

    It's driving me crazy...We now have 2 new egg layers (so 5 laying) and not a single egg has been laid in the nest. I even put one of the eggs in the box and the hens kicked it out and laid their egg right beside it. [​IMG]

    Is there anything I can do? I have moved the box to their preferred spot and they just choose a new one...My eggs are so NASTY...unless I get one straight from the shoot, they end up poop covered and muddy...inedible.

    From the 4 eggs I usually get per day I end up with only one that is caught right after being laid and usable. It's making me crazy!!! Is there anything I can do?
     
  2. montcapu

    montcapu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    since they are new layers, I wouls say keep putting the eggs in the nest boxes, eventually they should start laying there, if you can I would put a piece of wood on teh front of nest boxes so they can not knock out the egg, they are new to the laying thing so keep trying
     

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