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Originally Posted by farmgirl02 View Post

YES, I would try leaving them inside the coop until maybe 10:00, after they lay. If your chickens are free range, then you will start finding eggs nestled in tall patches of grass and maybe even in the garden out in the yard. It's not a very pleasant thing to step into  on your morning stroll.big_smile.png  Well, your chickens should stop laying for the day in the morning most of the time. Mine usually lay anytime before 10:00.  I wondered if that would be an issue ive been free ranging mine but they go back and forth from the barn to outside through out the day and our eggs are always in the nestboxes so when they lay they head back does any one elses chickens do this?
post #252 of 257
wondered if that would be an issue ive been free ranging mine but they go back and forth from the barn to outside through out the day and our eggs are always in the nestboxes so when they lay they head back does any one elses chickens do this?
post #253 of 257
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Originally Posted by tatertot View Post

ive got
3 of 15 laying that I'm aware of...but one seems to lay on the ground...how can I get her to use the nest boxes? Help

Most of mine lay in the nice nest boxes I made for them, but one insists on laying in a big flower pot in which I have a cactus growing.  Her feathers must provide more protection for her than the hair on my arms provide for me!

post #254 of 257
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Originally Posted by Kenf View Post
 

Most of mine lay in the nice nest boxes I made for them, but one insists on laying in a big flower pot in which I have a cactus growing.  Her feathers must provide more protection for her than the hair on my arms provide for me!

We have one like that too!  Pinkie Pie is currently laying in the box of hay we store in the run but I expect she will go back to her preferred patio chair as soon as we put out the cushions.  

post #255 of 257
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Originally Posted by cleansquared View Post

wondered if that would be an issue ive been free ranging mine but they go back and forth from the barn to outside through out the day and our eggs are always in the nestboxes so when they lay they head back does any one elses chickens do this?

Most of mine do, we have two nest boxes for 8 hens but they all want to lay in which ever box the first one choose on any given day. This causes lots of needless (and loud)  squawking 

post #256 of 257
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Originally Posted by Mr Pilo View Post

How do I get rid of ants in my chicken coop, they come back in after I clean the coop...

My hens eat them. But you can get rid of ants by not feeding (or watering) your hens in the coop.

post #257 of 257

Mine did this. I would let them out around 10am and if they decided to lay, they would go back to their boxes. I never had any problems with them laying anywhere except their boxes but they are all different. As someone put it, they are like children. They can be trained but they can be stubborn too. The ones I have now are stubborn and are hard to train but I keep trying. Once my first one started to lay, they all followed suit. When the first one went back to the hen box, the others did this as well. They absolutely do teach each other what they learn from you. Also I had one hen that never laid until between 1pm and 5pm so I never knew what to expect out of her. 

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