Won't lay eggs in the nest box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Eggcessive, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    We have 32 hens that are 20 weeks old, and 3-4 of them have been laying tiny eggs for a week now. I have 9 next boxes in their coop with golf balls, and now some of their real boiled eggs, but they want to lay in a corner on the floor or out in their run. Today, there was a line for the spot in the corner. Any suggestions?
     
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  2. Tank

    Tank Out Of The Brooder

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    Put a box/nest in the corner and slowly move it to the spot you'd like them to lay.
     
  3. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put a nest box in the corner. It could be that the nest boxes you provided are too "non-private" or too small for their preference. Who knows what a chicken wants.lol. You might try hanging a burlap curtain in front of the nest boxes, or doing something to make them more private.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I did try putting a cat litter box with pine shavings in that corner for a day and a half, but they wouldn't use it. The real eggs I believe are making them more curious about the boxes. I just took the covers off them a couple of weeks ago.
     
  5. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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