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Will my hens find the nesting boxes?

post #1 of 4
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Well, I'm very excited as I found 4 more eggs today from my 18 week old RIR hens ... total now of 5 eggs. But they aren't using the nesting boxes ... one was even outside on concrete ... the other 3 were together in a corner of the garage.

 

I've been allowing my birds to free range on my acre but stay afraid of an attack by either a dog, coyote or other.

 

It would be hard to confine them to their coop and pen but I suspect that would encourage the use of my nesting boxes in addition to ensuring their safety.

 

What would you do?

post #2 of 4

I would confine them till they learn to use the nests. Daily Easter egg hunts get old fast.

 

Predator protection is a major concern.

 

Why would it be hard to confine them. Is the coop and pen too small?

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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No, I have a large predator proof pen and a large coop ... I think I've done like a lot on here seem to do ... I just enjoy seeing them in my yard and property.

 

But I know it would be for their own good to be confined to their coop/pen ... I need to get over the idea that they're my new 'pets'.

 

I'll try to be strong and tonight when they go to roost I'll close the gate. I could still let them out for a couple of hours in the late afternoon.

post #4 of 4

That's what I would do. They're creatures of habit and wherever they get in the habit of laying eggs is where they'll always lay them.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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