|Will they ever figure out to go INSIDE the box?|
Since the day I put the Bantys outside, all chickens have stopped laying. As of this morning, it has been four days since any eggs were laid. My Wyandottes (2) and Barred Rock (2) have stopped production in the presence of their Roo. I was told the three Banty hens were laying age as well when I was graciously given two free dozen eggs along with their purchase but they have yet to lay anything either.
Perhaps everyone has a little anxiety about the new neighbors/settings? Or does this just happen once a year (we started with the Wyandottes and Barreds not quite one year ago so this is the first laying cycle we've experienced this time of year.
What say you experienced chicken folk?
Oh, and I added a new style of laying box to the Banty's coop. It is a plastic tub with a door cut into it. I placed straw inside for the hens to lay comfortably. It's been two days now since the introduction of the box and the Bantys still haven't figured out how to get inside of it? I even added a board for an ascending ladder/walkway. They fly up on top of the box all day but not inside.
Thoughts on that?