Question about nest eggs.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Teresaann24, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I bought some of those colored easter eggs from the local dollar store for nest eggs. I place one of the eggs where I want my girl to lay.

    She laid today and laid where I do not want her to lay.

    So what should I do will she after awhile lay where I want her to lay?
     
  2. Pampered Hen

    Pampered Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Generally, hens prefer areas for laying they deem to be safe for the eggs. They like to use confined and darker areas for that purpose. Nestboxes are normally designed with that in mind.
    I don't have a nest box in my coop, but created a corner with a roof to make it darker and smaller. Ever since I added a nest egg, the girls have caught on and exclusive lay their eggs in the designated spot.
    So, look at the spot you want your hens to lay in from a chicken perspective modify it as needed to fit the hens needs.
     
  3. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    ok thank you for the advice this may be the problem because it is more open and not sucluded like she would like.
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I have 7 nest boxes. They chose the smaller boxes on the ends. ALL of them.

    I usually only have eggs in three of the 7 boxes.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    My Coop
    I have 6 nest boxes in one coop and three nest boxes in my other coop. . My older girls prefer the top two in the main coop and my pullets prefer the lower left nest box. I have a golf ball in each nest box. Sometimes I do get eggs in the other nest boxes. There are pictures on my BYC Page.
     

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