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Got my first egg yesterday, but, was layed from the top of the roost so was a scrambled egg.  So bummed.  Have 2 ready to lay, not sure which one actually did.  Neither one will have anything to do with nest boxes, any ideas how to fix?  Thanks

Update: another beautiful brown scrambled egg again today...dang.


Edited by andiD - 9/29/15 at 6:10pm
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Sometimes egg laying can come as a surprise to young hens.  Try enticing them into the nest boxes, maybe trying a different bedding material in different boxes, and maybe a fake egg (or golf ball in a pinch) in them.  You might also place a box in a quiet corner of the coop on the floor. 

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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post #3 of 9

I used a fake egg and it worked right away!

Dorothea

I am the keeper of an insane three-year-old daughter and four backyard chickens. 

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Dorothea

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A second girl layed today, perfectly in the nest box, and got all the other nests ready for everyone else!  Hopefully the girls will follow suit and will start having a nice group of eggs.  thanks for the comments.  Work in progress I guess huh? Sure is rewarding to finally get some eggs!

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This reminds me, on Sunday one of mine laid her first egg. Outside the nest box on the other side of the coop. I think it just takes them a little time to figure out where to go. And don't be surprised if they all use one nest box!

Also, being patient when they first start laying is so hard... I am struggling with it now. One started to lay about 2 weeks ago. She has laid probably 10+ eggs. The other three have been slowly getting started. One is starting to lay every other day or so, but the other two have laid basically one egg each. I'm waiting for regular laying to start, but it seems it will never happen. I have one egg a day, and occasionally 2 eggs. Every day I think, "Maybe today will be the day I get 3!" Still no luck with that. It's maddening! haha

Dorothea

I am the keeper of an insane three-year-old daughter and four backyard chickens. 

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post #6 of 9
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It is that Shodack.  I don't have any today, was so hoping to go out and see 2.  I suspect that they will just get to laying then winter sets in and back to not much.  Oh well, day by day!

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We have 6 hens. We got our first egg on July 9, our first 6-for-6 day was August 8. It takes a while for everyone to get in a routine.
2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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They must have heard me grumbling, I got 3 of 4 today!! 

Dorothea

I am the keeper of an insane three-year-old daughter and four backyard chickens. 

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That's great!  Hope your success continues :)

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