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Will chickens lay inside my house?

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My chickens are currently living in my spare bedroom as we build their coops. 

They turned 19 weeks old today and I have been expecting eggs any day now. 

Their sister ducklets are now hens as they laid their first eggs yesterday. 

Will my pullets lay without a nesting box? Should I go ahead and add one in their temporary home?

They will have their new home by Sunday but I am worried I am stunting their production or something...

I may just be worrying too much!

My Backyard Farm:

 

 x 1 kiddo     x 2 cats  x 3 dogs    x 3 chicks        x 5 duck (2)pekins (1) cayuga (1) khaki campbell (1) blue swedish

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My Backyard Farm:

 

 x 1 kiddo     x 2 cats  x 3 dogs    x 3 chicks        x 5 duck (2)pekins (1) cayuga (1) khaki campbell (1) blue swedish

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Originally Posted by amshizzle View Post
 

My chickens are currently living in my spare bedroom as we build their coops. 

They turned 19 weeks old today and I have been expecting eggs any day now. 

Their sister ducklets are now hens as they laid their first eggs yesterday. 

Will my pullets lay without a nesting box? Should I go ahead and add one in their temporary home?

They will have their new home by Sunday but I am worried I am stunting their production or something...

I may just be worrying too much!


In such a situation I would provide a couple of cardboard boxes with straw/wood shavings. For the birds, your bedroom would not be different than a coop. Yes, they will lay in the house.

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To what nchis said, I would like to add that when a hen is ready to lay, she will lay. Her body does not know whether there is a nest available or not.

Commercial layers don't have nests, they just lay their egg where they are standing. Their eggs roll into a tray for gathering.
Edited by enola - 3/22/16 at 8:46am
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But, without a nest of some sort, eggs may get broken, be eaten by the pullets, and risk egg eating.

post #5 of 5
That's also true.
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