My 3 birds are close to start laying, I currently let them free range the yard all day, should I coop them during the day so they start using their nesting boxes?
Coop the birds more when they are about to start laying?
I think most people just put a golf ball or other fake egg in the nest, and wait and see. They're liable to lay the very first few in an odd place, anyway, while they adjust.
Happiness is when you can look at your chickens and smile....
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
Flockwatching my little bunch of mutts, a favorite pastime.