wont use nest boxes!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicks, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. chicks

    chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 hens, 3 are laying now. I have tried everything to get them to lay in the boxes. The all lay on the floor of the coop. I had wood shavings in the boxes , then switched to stray. I got one to lay in the box, then back to the floor. I know they go in the boxes because for 2 dyas now they are kicking out all the straw and laying on the floor. Any Suggestions?[​IMG]
     
  2. hobbyfarmrookie

    hobbyfarmrookie Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't have any suggestions but I feel you pain. We have to really watch where we walk because ours do the same thing. I have a broody hen sitting on eggs in the floor. Look forward to hearing ideas.
     
  3. aussieheelr

    aussieheelr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Have you tried the golfball or fake egg technique? I've heard that it helps.
     
  4. chicks

    chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]I have put everything the nest boxes except myself to show them where to lay!!!! Yesterday was the final straw, because i went and bought a nice new straw made it real fluffy, and where did it end up, on the coop floor. Drives me crazy, these chickens have got the best living conditions possible, all they need is a massage table and I think my husband is moving out there!!![​IMG]
     
  5. davidr

    davidr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had the exact same problem.

    The golf ball thing worked for all but a few.


    The girls were kicking all the shavings out also. I raised the fron of the nest by 2-1/2" this kept the shavings in and seems to satisfy what ever they needed to lay in the box.

    Good luck,

    David
     
  6. hobbyfarmrookie

    hobbyfarmrookie Chillin' With My Peeps

    My girls pushed the fake eggs to the middle of the coop under the waterer like they are trying to hide them from me.
     
  7. neptune1939

    neptune1939 New Egg

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    Try a chicken nesting pad, it will be hard for them to take it out of the coop - lol. I plan on using one when mine are old enough to lay. They look like they are easy to clean also.
     

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