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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:51 pm 
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My chickens have finally started laying after 10 months. I have 7 SLW, there's about 6 nesting boxes for them but they never use them. I find eggs all over the floor everyday in the run area. I have had golf balls in the boxes for the last 3 months and fake eggs.. this week I tried there own eggs. I picked up about 6 and placed it in the box but no luck! One chicken even laid an egg while walking infront of me... what can I do... it's driving me nuts! I have straw and sawdust in them... any other ideas of what I can do?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:05 pm 
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How high are the nest boxes? Can they see into them from ground level?
Start by not letting them out of the pen where the nest boxes are until they have laid. You need to break the habit of laying in the run.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:20 pm 
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I got the pen and run from backyard chicken coops and it's the largest pen. It was called the mason, they all go up at night and get locked up so when they wake, the nesting boxes are next to them


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:42 pm 
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Chooks instinctively seek out a secluded protected place in which to lay. If, for example, the nest boxes are exposed to the sun and become hot during the day they might be reluctant to lay in them as they will sense that they are an unsuitable location to successfully brood a clutch of eggs.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:07 am 
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Chooks lay on a cycle based on day length and the time it takes for each egg to develop. The first lay of the cycle occurs in the morning and occurs about an hour later each day until they have a short break (couple of days - depending on breed). This means that you may need to confine them to mid afternoon until they learn where to lay.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:51 am 
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Nesting boxes are not in the sun so they are fine, will try confining them and see how this goes... fingers crossed


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:10 pm 
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Mine did the same thing when they started laying, I put fresh cut grass in the laying boxes on top of the nesting material to entice them to go in there, and made the nesting material nice and round and nesty looking with feathers tucked into it as well. They seem to like the look and feel of dried grass the best. That seemed to help, except for one chicken which I have concluded must be retarded as like yours it will just be walking along then an egg falls out which is quite gross.


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