18 weeks - partial lock down

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GermanChick, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. GermanChick

    GermanChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually my little flock free ranges all day. Some of them have begun to do the "squat-thing" and have really red combs and wattles. Since we live on 10 acres and half of the day they spent in a wooded area with lots of underbrush I am afraid that they start laying there and not in their nesting boxes. They haven't even been in the nesting boxes once, not even to check them out !!! So now I don't let them free range until 3 or 4 pm. They have a large 20x30 run that is still nice and grassy. I feel kind of bad for them but really want them to lay in the boxes. Am I doing the right thing ???? I am just so impatient, I can't stand it any longer [​IMG]
    Do they hate the nesting boxes since they haven't even checked them out or is that normal ??
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    The nesting boxes will begin to look more appealing to them when they need them. I think lock down is a great idea. It certainly beats having an egg hunt every day.

    Good luck.
     

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