We don't need no stinking BOXES!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GoArmy, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. GoArmy

    GoArmy In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    All three hens are now laying, although not every day. The first hen laid her first two eggs outside, then settled on a corner of the coop. Naturally the other two put their eggs in the exact same place. Easy to find. But not in the nest boxes. I have golf balls in the nest boxes, just added some pine shavings. The can see the boxes and golf balls from the top perch, and I know they use that, because usually one or two is up there when I go out to shut things down at night. How in tarnation do I get them to lay the eggs in the boxes????
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2011

  2. Chick Norris

    Chick Norris Chirping

    Apr 16, 2011
    Chester County, PA
    Is the corner of your coop darker than the nest boxes? If so, try to make the boxes a little more private.
  3. Marcymom3

    Marcymom3 Songster

    Just had an image of little drapes covering the opening to the nest boxes. [​IMG]
  4. GoArmy

    GoArmy In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    Hmm. They are laying relatively near the window, so it's probably darker in the boxes.... I guess I could try little drapes. You think camo would be ok? [​IMG]
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I just went through the same thing 2-3 weeks ago. I had golf balls in nest boxes, and everybody laid eggs in the floor corners. I boiled their eggs every day and placed 1 in each nest box and removed the golf balls. Now, most eggs (2/3) are being laid in boxes, so I have removed boiled eggs and put the golf balls back. Hopefully, everyone else will copy their friends. The ancona who jumps the fence every morning to lay outside the yard had 8 eggs there yesterday when I finally found her nest, the little sneak.

  6. Marcymom3

    Marcymom3 Songster

    I'm thinking velvet with silk tassels. [​IMG]
  7. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Songster

    May 14, 2011
  8. bertman

    bertman Songster

    May 13, 2011
    At least yours are laying. Ours are now 22 weeks and looking great, but no layers in the bunch. One of them is a squatter but she won't commit. Dammit.

    I'd love to find some eggs in the corner of the run or the coop or maybe even in the nest box.

  9. marty8587

    marty8587 Chirping

    Aug 15, 2011
    Portland, Oregon
    I have a white cochin who won't lay in the boxes, but will lay on the floor of the coop and under bushes in the yard. I have to spy on her. If she wasn't so friendly and cute I'd get rid of her, but she's already a family favorite!

  10. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Songster

    May 19, 2011
    North Texas
    Bertman, have you threatened them with the stew pot? [​IMG] [​IMG]

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