Go Lay an Egg: a 10 Second DIY for all Seasons

Go Lay an Egg: a 10  Second DIY for all Seasons

Egg laying is at an all time low. The word “low” can also be interpreted as ZERO. Ahnnd, I suppose it’s a little to be expected since:

  1.  its winter in northern california
  2. its dark at 5pm
  3. we moved back home and things are new-ish
  4. its winter
  5. its cold
  6. I tried a new [non-TFC] product in their nesting boxes and they hate it
  7. its not egg laying season period

What to do. What to do! What to do??

Well... I, we, you and me can’t do diddly about the season, or the fact that the flock is persnickety about being disheveled from the move.

Bhuut, in an effort to change the mood around this joint I did pull out the previous nesting box bedding and up-cycled it by sprinkling and spreading it under the roosts to make all.the.things all that much better in the coop. I replenished the coveted nesting boxes with an alfalfa, straw and orchard grass mix, added a heavy spoonful of diatomaceous earth [in each box] and finished the whole process with a fragrant handful of nesting box blend [also ‘per box’]. 

And then I got to thinking ....what if they just forgot they could lay eggs? What if they could be reminded what these fluffy, warm and fragrant nesting boxes are for? What if I could trick them [heck, even just ONE of them] to lay and an egg?

Nesting box diy

So here’s what happened. Here’s what you can do too. It’ll only take seconds, required zero labor and I bet you have these exact materials or something equivalent on hand ....maybe in the trunk of your car, out in the garage or in your yard: 

  • tennis ball, or
  • golf ball, or
  • a yellow chicken toy, or
  • large round shaped rock, or
  • a faux egg 

For heavens sakes I think you could even crinkle up a section of the newspaper into a nice, tight, round wad and use that!

Here’s what you do:

  1. put your item(s) in one, two or more of your nesting boxes
  2. say a sweet little prayer letting them know it would be nice if you returned to find an egg in the box.
  3. walk away. Go about your business.
  4. give it 12, 24, 48 hours and check occasionally.


Victory! Eggs in nesting box

It worked for me! After over 8 weeks without a single egg one of my green-egg layers hunkered down, got cozy and comfy and BAM! We have an egg!! 

Now go try and let me know how things turn out.

Wishing you all the best,




  • Hi Dawn,
    I give my chickens a bowl of yogurt a couple of time a week and that seems to increase egg laying for my 19 girls. It is hilarious to watch them eat it.

    Margo McDowell
  • I’ve been having conversations with my hens about the high cost of food. And how their purpose here is to make me eggs. One of my girls FINALLY squatted for me last week and today I caught her inspecting nest boxes. So it’s working. No egg yet but I’m optimistic.


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