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Tim Woodward

Hens not using nesting tray

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We’ve had a Omlet Go Up coop for a month now, and none of our three hens have used the integral nesting tray. It has wood shavings in it, and we have tried putting an imitation rubber egg in it, but the hens simply lay eggs on the rungs.

I have thought about trying to fit an integral wall, so that the nesting tray is separated from the rest of the coop, with some privacy. With the larger Eglu coops, the nesting area is divided off.

Any suggestions?

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Maybe try something else than woodshavings. I use wood chips in mine, other use aubiose. I have used a hand of hay in a case of a very nervous layer, with some succes. 
are they very young hens? They might just need to get used to things.

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