Sometimes hens lay their eggs on the floor of the coop, which can be a problem because the eggs get soiled from their manure, and the eggs are more likely to get cracked, broken, or stepped on.

Hens will also sometimes find hiding places outdoors to lay their eggs, and that can make the eggs hard to find.

It’s best if you can get your hens to lay in their nest boxes.  Fill the nest boxes with a soft, absorbent nesting material, such as dry straw.  Hens like to lay eggs in dark places, so place your nest boxes along the darkest wall of the chicken coop.  If you’ll put a few ceramic or wooden artificial eggs into the nest, the hens will see those eggs, and it will encourage them to follow suit by laying in the nest boxes also.

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