She won't lay in the nest or coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ufoundwaldo, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. ufoundwaldo

    ufoundwaldo Out Of The Brooder

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    1 out of 4 of my chickens has started laying this week, which is exciting. I found the eggs on Thursday when she ran out of the run and straight to her nest to lay what turned out to be her third egg. My birds free-range during the day. Obviously, I want her to start laying in the nests in the coop, so I took two of the eggs and placed one in each nests and kept them closed in their coop/run all yesterday(Friday). She did not lay. I left them in the coop/run today(Saturdaty) until about 9:30am and no egg. I got worried about her getting blocked up or messing with a newly starting layer, so I decided to let them out to free range. It didn't take her long to go the nest she built and lay another egg, her fourth.

    I am new to all this and just thought she would lay in her nests, no problem. What I am worried about if leaving her and the others "cooped up" for a couple of days to try to get her to use the nest. Will she stop laying or becomes blocked in some way. Help! What is the best thing to do?

    I have gotten a light and a timer for inside the coop and plan on increasing light time in the mornings before I open the predator an allow them into the run or free-range.

    Thank you in advance for your help.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Some of my 23 week old chickens have been laying for 3 1/2 weeks, and I finally found my Ancona's secret nest with 8 eggs in it. It is outside my gate which she flies over each morning, so I just remove all eggs except 1 that is marked, and let her continue to think she is fooling me.
     
  3. ufoundwaldo

    ufoundwaldo Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah at least I know her spot. Iam going to try hanging drapes to darken the nests.
     

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