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Okie-Dokie    Posted 03-20-2002 at 05:16:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have 4 aracauna pullets that are just starting to lay. It seems they may be extra dumb, even for chickens. They are laying their eggs on the floor of the chicken house instead of in the nest boxes attatched to the walls. Plenty of nest space for all the girls so I don't think the old gals are crowding out the new pullets for space to lay. Has any one had this problem, and what is the remedy?

hay    Posted 03-20-2002 at 07:14:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
i also have 4 aracauna layers. i tried the nest box idea and even the fake egg idea and they just would not get in the boxes. they continue to lay eggs on the floor to this day. in years past some other breeds i had would get into nesting boxes, but by and large most layers would just lay on the ground or floor. whatever works i guess.

Ivey    Posted 03-20-2002 at 06:16:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Put an egg in the nest where you want them to lay. Instinct then kicks in and they want to add to the "clutch" so they can set. Once they start laying in the nest everyday, take out the "nest egg".

Okie-Dokie    Posted 03-20-2002 at 09:51:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Gee, Hay. You are not offering much encouragement here!LOL. We thought of the fake nest egg. There are some white rocks already laying in the boxes, I think that may be as good as a fake egg, maybe not tho. Well, I guess if the chickens can live with it, I will too. Thanks Guys!

Judy in IN    Posted 03-21-2002 at 08:59:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I can't tell you how to cure your floor layers, but I can tell you what causes it. When the pullets first start singing, and getting ready to lay, the roosters rape them on the floor, so they don't have time to explore and choose a nest. So, they lay where THEY were laid. Mr. Babcock, God rest his soul, told me that, and he knew more about chicken behavior than any person I've ever met. His solution was to keep the roosters separate from the pullets until AFTER they started to lay. After all, you aren't going to incubate eggs from pullets anyway, so they don't need to be fertile. Your pullets should eventually find their way up into the nests.

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