Why do chickens lay eggs on the ground? Not in Nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 1234duck, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. 1234duck

    1234duck Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chickens finally started laying eggs and I'm so eggsited... lol They have all been in the same nest in the coop with the exception of a couple eggs in the coop but not quite to a nest. (they were in the "hallway", I call it. Under the roosting polls in front of each nesting box) I have found 13 eggs in the coop and then noticed 2 eggs outside on the ground. The eggs were not on the ground the day before. As for all the eggs in the coop... I hadn't been checking so was very surprised to find them. There are 4 young hens which just started laying. ~ My question is why are they laying outside of nesting boxes or outside of their coop? Thanks, ~Julie~
     
  2. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ours laid 3 eggs in the coop but so far that has been all-the rest have been in the nests. I did put golf balls in the nest a few weeks before they started laying.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Rookie mistakes. They'll get better.
     

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