silkies not laying in nest boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by frizzleman74, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just got laying silkies and they have been with me for about a week. They are laying eggs all over the place and not in the nest box where they should be. I put golf balls in the nest boxes to encourage eggs laying in there but they wont have any of it. I have shavings in the coop and hay in the boxes and the boxes are at ground level! What should i do?
     
  2. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies are frustratingly stubborn ground sleepers, and since you mentioned in the post above this that they sleep in those boxes, well, that answers it pretty well. They don't want to lay where they sleep and poop! I would raise the nest boxes off the floor and made them a nice soft area in another corner to use as a bed.
     
  3. frizzleman74

    frizzleman74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my nest boxes are external so i cant move them up, and i caught them in there again, i have no idea what to do
     
  4. babigyrl22

    babigyrl22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I finally got one of mine to lay in the nest box today but i had to physically put her in there. The other one....just refused and laid her egg in the corner of the coop anyway. I am not giving up! LOL
     
  5. wessfarm

    wessfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    you can hang a sheet over the door way to keep them from sleeping in them . and you can put golf balls in to make them lay in the box . good luck
     

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