BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying › free range might be hiding eggs ?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

free range might be hiding eggs ?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I have ten girls that are 7 months old .It seems like only 1 is laying in the nest . What sort of areas should I look to see if they are laying in the yard ?

post #2 of 17

Mine free range and they are NOTORIOUS for hiding eggs!!  They're fav spot is in the brush on theedge of the woods...it's pathetic--every time I go to collect eggs out of the barn, I have to walk along the brush to collect them!  Sad part is, that's where I collect the most some days! lol  Little turds.... wink

Wife to the love of my life! Mama to 4 little people, 2 miniature highland cows, 3 pot bellied pigs(one mini), 4 fainting goats, umpteen silkies, Coronation Sussex, BLRW's, Dunlaced Wyandottes, BLRW, Orpingtons(bantam and LF), Ameraucanas, Fawn Duckwings OEGB, bantam cochins, guineas, call ducks, white runner ducks, Sebastopol Geese, and more.
Reply
Wife to the love of my life! Mama to 4 little people, 2 miniature highland cows, 3 pot bellied pigs(one mini), 4 fainting goats, umpteen silkies, Coronation Sussex, BLRW's, Dunlaced Wyandottes, BLRW, Orpingtons(bantam and LF), Ameraucanas, Fawn Duckwings OEGB, bantam cochins, guineas, call ducks, white runner ducks, Sebastopol Geese, and more.
Reply
post #3 of 17

My girls like tall grass, the taller the better.  I've occasionally found eggs in places like under the horse trailer or behind the coop, but mostly in the areas that don't get mowed often enough.

Lorie
in Middle Tennessee
Reply
Lorie
in Middle Tennessee
Reply
post #4 of 17

Mine do the same ,I make a round looking at their hiding spots every day mine will move to different locations, in the brush,goats stable,in tall grass,but mostly they like the dark concealed areas.and some even use the nests I have and I have lots more nest than chickens

post #5 of 17

My 2 hamburgs were the sneakiest at hiding their eggs.  They got into our neighbor's run-down well house, and I didn't find that nest until there were probably 30 eggs in there.  Darn girls, it was middle of summer, and that was 2.5 dozen eggs wasted!

Look everywhere that is a small hiding place - under low-hanging trees, shrubs, in open buildings, hollows under weeds...  You have to be as creative looking as they are hiding!

Wife of the best guy ever, mom of 5 sons and 1 daughter, living in heaven on earth.  We're owned by more chickens than I care to admit, a pit bull, a Jack Russell terrorist, a chia-poo, a bazillion cats and a huge guinea pig.
Reply
Wife of the best guy ever, mom of 5 sons and 1 daughter, living in heaven on earth.  We're owned by more chickens than I care to admit, a pit bull, a Jack Russell terrorist, a chia-poo, a bazillion cats and a huge guinea pig.
Reply
post #6 of 17

I'm lucky my girls lay in their nest boxes. I do have a golf ball in each nest.

HEY LOOK!!! ---> UPCOMING FLORIDA Swaps/Sales/Shows/Events

---> Florida Fair Schedule 2013/2014 and  FLORIDA!!!!!ALWAYS SUNNY SIDE UP!!!

Heritage Rhode Island Reds, Rose Comb Rhode Island Whites and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds

Member of the American Poultry Association &

Central Florida Poultry Breeders Association. NPIP Certified Participant

Reply

HEY LOOK!!! ---> UPCOMING FLORIDA Swaps/Sales/Shows/Events

---> Florida Fair Schedule 2013/2014 and  FLORIDA!!!!!ALWAYS SUNNY SIDE UP!!!

Heritage Rhode Island Reds, Rose Comb Rhode Island Whites and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds

Member of the American Poultry Association &

Central Florida Poultry Breeders Association. NPIP Certified Participant

Reply
post #7 of 17

When mine started laying I didn't know they were even laying til my sons friend asked us 1 day why we had a flower pot full of eggs on our front porch, lol. I wish I could have let them keep laying there, it was so easy to check for eggs. Then the neighbors dog got 1 of my hens, so they don't get to free range unless we are outside now.

Mom of Jessica 20, Nick 13, Mychaela 11, 2 Grandsons 4 and 1, 3 chihuahua's, 1 cat, 2 ducks, 4 OEG hens, 1 Black sexlink Hens, 1 RIR roo,  9 mutt chicks, lots of silkies and 2 frizzles and a few buttons.
Reply
Mom of Jessica 20, Nick 13, Mychaela 11, 2 Grandsons 4 and 1, 3 chihuahua's, 1 cat, 2 ducks, 4 OEG hens, 1 Black sexlink Hens, 1 RIR roo,  9 mutt chicks, lots of silkies and 2 frizzles and a few buttons.
Reply
post #8 of 17

My hens like to lay next to structures such as sheds, house a pen with solid sides etc. Most popular spot is the back porch, I simply cannot keep them OFF and several hens are most determined to lay there, no matter what.

One thing you can do is put nest boxes around to attract them into laying more easily accessible spots. Put them off ground level also, many hens like to lay high if possible.

You could even try making a "egg hutch" with a ladder going up to it. I know someone who made one and many of his hens go into it to lay their eggs. Nice way of making nests that are easy to access (he put doors on the outside fo the nest chambers- just open a door to check on a nest). He also made it for his height- no stooping or stretching to check nests, very nice!

One of the most popular nest sites was an old gas grill left against a fence that had the window front taken off. I had to collect eggs from that daily or else they would get broken from excess numbers of eggs..

post #9 of 17

Our previous chickens fooled us for a while.  We had no idea they were laying yet until one of our chickens was missing.  We went looking for her and found her way inside our dog's doghouse (large igloo type) sitting on a whole pile of eggs.  After checking around, we found another stash in the small area between our shed & block wall.  After that, we started keeping them penned up until after lunch - by then they were done laying.  They still had all afternoon to free range.

post #10 of 17

i got our first egg around the first, now nothing.  they were cooped up for 3 days at the time as we were out of town.  now i'm going to go looking in all the corners of the yard to see if they have been laying somewhere else all along.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying › free range might be hiding eggs ?