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post #11 of 12

I keep the fake eggs/golf balls in the nests all the time.

 

 I'd lock em up for a while..hopefully your coop / run is large enough....will habituate them to laying in the coop nests again.

 

Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 2-3 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.

 

 

ETA: Saw this ..."I got 18 eggs yesterday out of 5 birds, a personal best."....

......and was gonna ask, how hard did you have to squeeze them? haha


Edited by aart - 11/17/15 at 10:09am

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #12 of 12
Personally I'd chuck the eggs, I mean what are we talking $3-4? A dozen eggs means some have been there for quite a while being warmed under her butt each day.

And yes I'd lock them all in the run for a few days so she can watch and copy the others using the nest box. A dozen eggs could also mean she isn't the only one laying there so I'd keep them all locked in. Won't hurt them to have less of a wander for a few days.
Edited by appps - 11/17/15 at 10:17am

Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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