Position of eggs! help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by avroncotton, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. avroncotton

    avroncotton In the Brooder

    Mar 19, 2007
    Victoria Australia
    Does anybody know how to stop the chooks laying where they are. There are two nesting boxes completly devoid of eggs but plenty over in the corner where I have to climb over two perches to get them!

    Any idea will be welcome.

  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Don't think there is ryhme or reason with them....maybe put fake eggs or golf balls into the spot you do want them to lay........mine lay all over the place unless they are cooped up and even then they seem to hold the eggs in until let out? Makes NO sense to me either !
  3. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Put fake eggs/golf balls in and a curtain on the front to darken it. 2/3rd down and cut it in about 2" stripes, pull up a couple of the strips until they get the hang of it. Then put something in the corners of the coop like a water a feeder the food bucket whatever will make it less desirable to lay there.
  4. jazzchicken

    jazzchicken Songster

    Nov 17, 2007
    Don't they like to lay in darker, quiet areas? Is the corner away from light and kinda secluded?
  5. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    What worked for us: nice dark private nest boxes with a fake (wooden) egg in each; periodically pick up the hens and put them in the nest box so they can see what its all about. Only one chicken began laying in the coop corner; we put a watering can in her chosen spot, and showed her the real nest boxes a couple times, and then she started laying in them!
    Good luck-

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