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Why are my chickens laying eggs in random places?

Why are my chickens laying eggs in random places?

Chicken hens lay eggs in a hidden location to keep herself from being harassed by a rooster, predators, or other hens trying to lay eggs too. Even if there is no rooster in the flock and her eggs aren’t fertilized she still thinks they are and is trying to raise a family anyway.

What can I do to encourage my chickens to lay in their nesting boxes?

If your chickens are laying everywhere but their nesting boxes, here are several things you can do to encourage them to lay in the right spot. First, you’ll want to make sure the nesting boxes are clean, fresh, and inviting. If you need to, clean out dirty boxes and add fresh nesting material.

How can I Stop my hens from laying eggs?

If they are laying daily they are healthy. Anything you do to stop it means depriving them of what they need to be healthy so they don’t have enough energy to make eggs. Just make sure they are getting plenty of good feed and water and they don’t need a break.

Is it OK for chickens to lay eggs outside?

You don’t usually want them laying eggs outside in a spot that you may not be able to easily access or that can attract predators of eggs, like snakes. On the other hand, if where your hen is laying is a safe easy spot, it may be fine with you.

What’s the best way to get chickens to lay eggs?

Make sure your flock is getting the right nutrition for laying eggs. Supplement with snacks high in protein like mealworms, sunflower seeds, oats, and provide a free-feed source of calcium like oyster shells or crushed eggshells. Always provide a clean and steady supply of fresh water. Make sure your nesting boxes are roomy and well padded.

Why do chickens stop laying suddenly?

Chickens stop laying eggs for a variety of reasons. Hens may lay fewer eggs due to light, stress, poor nutrition, molt or age. Some of these reasons are natural responses, while others can be fixed with simple changes and egg laying can return to normal.

What will help chickens start laying eggs?

How to Get Chickens to Lay Eggs Again? Appropriate Light. It is said that hens need 12 to 15 hours of daylight to maintain their laying capacity. Nutritious Food. How can hens lay eggs if they are unable to get enough nutrition? Clean Coops and Healthy Environment. Predators, loud noises, excess heat or cold, over-crowding, etc. Molt. Aging Factors.

Why are chickens not laying eggs?

  • Parasites. A chicken that is overloaded with lice or mites will suffer not only discomfort but a lot of stress.
  • Stress. Stress is something us humans know about!
  • Overbreeding. Having an overly amorous rooster and too few hens is a recipe for stress and injury.
  • Dehydration.
  • Hot Weather.
  • Malnutrition.
  • Predator Attack.
  • Salpingitis.
  • Old Age.
  • Decreased Daylight.

    When’s the best time to start keeping chickens?

    Waiting until spring for the best time to start chicks, can be too much to handle. Nothing starts a severe case of chicken fever like a brooder full of baby fluff butts. Chicks are extremely susceptible to the cold weather and unless you live in an area that has warm weather year round, It can be much easier to wait until close to Spring.