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She won't lay IN the box, insists on laying in FRONT of it.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kara_leigh, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pullet has just started laying, and for some reason she refuses to lay her eggs actually IN the nesting box. She only lays directly in front of it. She even pulls the fake eggs out of the nesting box and puts them in her little nest. We have tried different size and shape nesting boxes, and it doesn't make a difference.

    Is there anything I can do to get her to lay IN the box, or am I doomed? She lays her eggs right in the middle of the coop, in front of the entrance, so I'd like to get her to lay in the box if possible b/c I'm afraid the eggs could get broken if we don't collect them right away. I also don't want my 19 week old pullets to get any ideas and do the same thing.
     
  2. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    What kind of material are you using in the nesting boxes? I had pine, and my fav wasn't happy, kept digging it out! the minute i put straw, she stopped complaining about it and left it in and laid her eggs there...
     
  3. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use hay that I got from my neighbor, whereas the rest of the coop has pine shavings. [​IMG] She pulls everything, the hay and the fake eggs, out of the nesting box.
     
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  4. allpeepedout

    allpeepedout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there something you could try that the nest material can't be pulled out of, like the covered kitty litter pans with deep lips that many people use? I notice my pullets really do like to dig down to the bottom of the nesting box no matter how much hay I put in. Perhaps she needs more hay or space to arrange it the way she wants? Is she with an experienced layer so she can see another hen nesting? Maybe remove a wall between nest boxes to make a bigger communal one?

    Maybe your other layers will come online soon and show her the light. Mine laid several eggs on the floor the first couple of weeks, including right in the coop doorway like yours, and they then figured it out on their own. Today I got six eggs all in the same box from my six pullets. Good luck.
     
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  5. babigyrl22

    babigyrl22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my silkies is doing the same thing. I put her in the nestbox twice today and still....I find her egg in the corner of the coop. [​IMG]
     
  6. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    My EE's all lay in the corner of the coop in the same spot and they roast in the next boxes. I gave up a long time ago on trying to switch them... [​IMG]
     
  7. Aemelia

    Aemelia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't get my girls to use the nesting boxes for anything. They are up off the ground but they prefer to lay their eggs under the nesting box area where they insist on sleeping instead of sleeping on their roost bar. Whatever, they are laying me eggs inside the coop I guess I should just be happy with that.
     
  8. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's what my husband said. LOL Maybe once the other girls start laying they will lay in the box and she will join suit. [​IMG]
     

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