pullet not laying in her nest and a egg eater help!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jack123, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. jack123

    jack123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Nov 15, 2007
    well i got a pullet that is still in her first year and she laid an egg today on the floor.. is there anything i can do to get her to lay in her nest .. ?? is there any possible way i can coach into laying in the nest i made her..?

    second question .. i have a hen that's eating eggs .. she laid 3 eggs and expecting another one today .. when i went and checked up on her .. it was wet and slimy in the nest and there was still only 3 .. no shells anywhere..
    i suspect that she might of ate one .. is there a way to get her to stop.. i feed her plenty of layer feed .. ??
     
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Good luck with trying to break them from laying on the floor. Three of my girls all lay in a nest shaped hole, so when I get the eggs each morning they are all together. Oh and I have three nice nest boxes for them, they do as they please.
     
  3. Miss Wings

    Miss Wings New Egg

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    Nov 26, 2007
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    Good Morning! When my hens ate their eggs, I gave them crushed oyster shells in their feed scratch. From what I understand, oyster shells contain a mineral the chickens need and when they aren't getting it, they turn to the eggs for it. It's very cheap and you only need to give it to them once a week. Hope this helps and good luck! [​IMG]
     
  4. SeaChick

    SeaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    When one of our pullets started laying she always layed on the floor in one spot. We put a watering can (any large object will do) in the spot she liked, and lifted her up into the next box (which has a fake wooden egg in it) several times for a day or so so she could see how nice and cozy it was in there. She used the next box after that.
    Stacey
     
  5. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    When mine first started laying some of them didn't use the nest box either. After a day or two they started using them. I think sometimes it is a case of not knowing what is about to happen.

    One other thing to do to break egg eating is to collect the eggs frequently for a few days or so. Good luck!
     

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