A few random questions.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ACM22, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. ACM22

    ACM22 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 27, 2011
    Question 1: Should I leave one egg in the nest box everyday so the chickens will be encouraged to lay there untill they get used to it?
    Question 2: If I should, then where should I get a wooden egg or something so I can collect all the regular eggs and know that one won't get old in the box?
    Question 3: Can you have two different hatch dates in one incubator or will it make the eggs go bad?
    Question 4: Is there anything I can do to make my young chickens want to lay?(A few have started but the others havn't. We feed egg laying pellets and have added a lot of nesting boxes.)

    Thank you so much for any answers!
  2. Wyogirl

    Wyogirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2010
    Cody, WY
    Q#1= I use golf balls seem to woork for me
    Q3=?? It can be done but probably need more experience in hatching just one hatch date at a time for beginners
    Q4= Wait and be patient
    Of course this is my opinion and I've only been at this hobby for 18 months:lol:
  3. artsy1

    artsy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2011
  4. ACM22

    ACM22 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 27, 2011
    Ok thank you so much! I was thinking golf balls too but thought I'd ask first [​IMG] And ya I have hatched many times before but wasn't sure about the different dates.
  5. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    1/2) Using a golf ball, ping pong ball or wooden egg is a good idea to help guide the girls when they start laying. Once a few are laying, though, the others will figure it out from them. No need to let eggs sit in the coop, as that can lead to some bad habits.

    4) Patience, especially at this time of year when days are very short and it is very cold outside. Higher protein in the feed may help. Multiple nesting boxes, while sounding logical, won't necessarily help. All 7 of my hens laid in the same box despite as many options as they could imagine.
  6. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

    May 11, 2011
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Question 1: I wouldn't, only because you're running a higher risk of ending up with broken eggs.
    Question 2: Golf balls or wooden eggs. We use wooden eggs and got them on Amazon for a few bucks.
    Question 3: I don't know anything about hatching eggs, sorry.
    Question 4: No. You can only be patient. They will want to lay when their bodies are ready to lay.
  7. rungirl

    rungirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    If you really want a wooden egg, they sell them at Cracker Barrel.

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