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FIRST EGG! But it wasn't in the nest....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ourlilfarm2015, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. ourlilfarm2015

    ourlilfarm2015 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do I need to worry yet? Or change something?

    One of my 10 silver laced Wyandotte hens laid the first egg today but it was on the ground outside in their run...
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    The nesting "boxes" have been in there approximately 2 or 3 weeks (saw the idea on pinterest).
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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    No need to worry. Did you try putting some fake "eggs" like golf balls in the nest boxes to show them the right place? That works for a lot of folks.
     
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  3. ourlilfarm2015

    ourlilfarm2015 Out Of The Brooder

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    There is a golf ball in one of them. And as much as I wanted to keep it I put that one egg into one of the other nests.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Put fake egg/golf balls in a couple more of the nests....I would not use a real egg for this purpose.
    They can get very rambunctious scratching in the nests when they first start laying, good change that real egg could get broken in the nest or flung out of the nest.

    Have they been exploring the nests at all?
    You may need to put a perch about 8" out in front of the nest bank, so they can hop up and take a look before entering a nest.
    I'd also take some of the bedding out of nests, 5 gal buckets are kind of tight space wise, so less bedding will give them more room to move around comfortably.

    Also it can take some time, up to a month or so, for them to get the hang of things......
    ...Meanwhile, eggs everywhere, some of them can be rather funky looking, soft or thin shelled, huge double yolked eggs.
     
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  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Congrats you your first egg! Yep, the young pullets who just start to lay will seemingly drop an egg where they stand. And that is exactly what they do! They get all frantic and carry on with the clucking and so forth then stop, squat, strain a bit and out pops the egg. Some will inspect the egg like, what the heck just came out of my fanny? And others are like, I didn't do that. Nope. Don't know where that came from. And then there is the rare pullet who will turn around and eat the egg.

    The first timers will lay eggs in assorted places. Don't worry, they'll soon learn where to put the eggs. Remember, in a natural setting, older hens will lay an egg in an approved location which will tell the newbies where to lay. Since we have placed chickens in a more artificial environment expect some confusion as to where to put the egg. Don't worry though, most pullets figure out where the egg should go.
     
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  6. ourlilfarm2015

    ourlilfarm2015 Out Of The Brooder

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    Update :
    Now one hen has laid her last two eggs in the dirt UNDER the nesting buckets. But I have a naughty hen who has laid 4 eggs in a row IN THE WATER IN THE DUCK POOL! ?
     
  7. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would put the next boxes at ground level where they can look right it. It will be easier for them to get into the buckets too, seems like a tight fit to me.??

    Mine laid eggs all over the place the first two weeks.
     
  8. AmandaMBG

    AmandaMBG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't had a single egg laid outside a nest. I put golf balls in the minute I finished them and they are in the most secure area under the poop board in the back of the coop. Now I have rock eggs in there because they kept kicking out the golf balls.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Are you positive the eggs in the pond are chicken eggs?
    Typical for ducks, but never heard of a chicken doing that.

    5 gal buckets are tight.....and they need a perch in front of nests....or lower them to the floor like carlf suggested.
     
  10. ourlilfarm2015

    ourlilfarm2015 Out Of The Brooder

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    Got egg laying location issues all solved thanks to everyone's advice. Now my first egg was 9/9 then around 9/14-15 I began getting 2 eggs a day. It is now 10/15 and I still only get 2 eggs a day. Wondering why it is taking so long for the other 8 to start laying. All are the same age (at least all 10 were purchased the same day and it was the same day their shipment came into bomgaars and they were all the same size)
     

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