First eggs..and are they hiding some?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Doug in GA, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. Doug in GA

    Doug in GA New Egg

    Dec 23, 2013
    Hi all, first time with chickens here. All 27 of my girls are 5 and a half months old, White Leghorns, Australorps, Single Comb Browns, Araucanas, and Silver Laced Hamburgs. Last Monday I found their first egg, a medium sized white one, on the floor of the coop. The next morning I found another white egg on the floor again, slightly bigger than the one from the day before so I gave them access to their nest boxes for the first time. Two days passed with no eggs, then one tiny white egg (smaller than a golf ball) on Thursday and Friday, this time in the nest boxes. Now 3 more days have gone by with nothing again. I know they are just starting to lay, and we are in the midst of the shortest days of the year but is this typical of how they start to lay? They also have free range of 10 acres of field and woods so naturally I'm concerned they may be laying elsewhere.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Try placing golf balls or fake eggs in the nest boxes to serve as 'nest eggs'. I'd also conduct a search of the property as they very well may have hidden nests.
  3. Doug in GA

    Doug in GA New Egg

    Dec 23, 2013
    Thanks sourland, I've had two golf balls in each nest since I gave them access to it last week. Scoured my property a few times already, the barn, etc. I'll look some more later. Could they be hiding them? Or is this what I should expect from brand-new layers at the end of December...
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Maybe, might be a good idea to lock them in the coop for a few days to a week or two, until they get the hang of where to lay consistently.
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    They could be hiding them, or they could just be adjusting to the laying process. Laying can be sporadic at first.

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