Wont lay in the nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hegatha, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. Hegatha

    Hegatha Songster

    Mar 13, 2011
    Two of my hens just layed there second egg today and they wernt in the boxes! I have eggs in the nesting boxes and Im using pine shavings. Is the bedding wrong or what?
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2011
  2. juliaaa

    juliaaa Chirping

    Jul 15, 2011
    Syracuse, New York
    We found our first 3 eggs on the ground by the coop door. We use hay and they came from shavings. We waited it out since they were already layers when we got them to our coop and they finally laid in the boxes. Also, our EE's seem to wanna lay on the floor under the food dish, I hope this stops soon!
  3. Billyj

    Billyj Songster

    Jan 20, 2010
    Gaffney SC
    If they are new to laying eggs, they probably just don't know that they are supposed to lay in the boxes. Just give them some time and they will learn. It only takes 1 to do it and the other will follow.
  4. Hegatha

    Hegatha Songster

    Mar 13, 2011
    lol I hope so!
  5. definetlydeb

    definetlydeb Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    Tioga/Potter County
    [​IMG] I have the same issue, well one of my ladies has been laying for 12 days now, lays right next to feed thingie, put fake eggs in nesting boxes, now my second hen started laying, and is also laying where the first one does, doesn't look like any of my hens have even hopped into the boxes, nothing is stirred up...hope they get it soon!!!! Not sure what else to do here, but...i have to crawl in on my hands and knees to get these eggs, we have roll out nest boxes...guess they don't like them....oh I hope they catch on soon!!!
  6. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    Quote:We use pine shavings and golf balls and they have been laying in the boxes from day one.

    Are the boxes in a dark area of the coop? They are not too happy with bright sunny places. Try covering the boxes with a curtain or a shelf above, or move them to a darker place in the coop.

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