Any ideas on coaxing free range hens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Free range Hi., Oct 18, 2008.

  1. Free range Hi.

    Free range Hi. Chirping

    Oct 18, 2008
    I'm wondering if anyone knows the best way to coax hens to some small coops to leave eggs. I live in Hawaii and we have wild chickens everywhere. They are free to roam all over my property, I usually chase them away from my vegetable gardens, and chase off some of the obnoxious roosters, but I have about 100 chickens around. I've found egg cluches around but did not eat them because I didn't how old they were. Whenever I discover a hen sitting on a nest I try to leave that area alone, There are 1/2 dozen areas around that are common nests. This summer a blond colored hen would leave an egg or two in a pocket of leaves in my carport, so I got used to having fresh eggs, because she would abandon them I assumed they were mine and ate them. She has not been back in about a week, so I figure she is sitting on a nest elsewhere. So any Ideas. I was going to build a couple of small coops and put them in different places. All the chickens around here roost in the large trees around the property, so I was hoping to not change their habits but would like to eat the eggs they don,t want.
    Thank You
    N in Hi.
  2. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Songster

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    Such an interesting dilemma! Well, my hens respond to treats, so if you give treats perhaps you can coax some into a run and then keep them there until they become used to laying in your coop/run?

    Keep us posted. I am so interested in your plight and possible solutions!
  3. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    I wonder if you took some eggs f4om the nests that you have found, and put them where you want them to lay if that would encourage them. Chickens like to lay eggs where there are already eggs.
  4. Free range Hi.

    Free range Hi. Chirping

    Oct 18, 2008
    Thanks Guys for your suggestions. This morning i am putting together a couple of small coops, the size to accommodate say 2 hens with some leaves and straw. I think I will put them about 2' off the ground, hopefully to help them feel a little safer, with a little feed and I will gather some of the older eggs and mark them, and see what happens. I will let you know what happens
    Thanks, Neil
  5. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Why couldn't you build a run with your coop and keep 2-3 of these wild chickens in there? I bet they'd be happy with regular food and lovely treats.

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