First eggs, nesting boxes - now what? pics

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JimmyMack, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. JimmyMack

    JimmyMack Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 14, 2011
    Hello all. Thanks in advance for any help. I tried searching the archives, but way too many posts.

    Newbie here. 6 hens, all 18 weeks old, free range all day. At 17 weeks, found two soft shelled eggs in bottom of coop in morning. Opened up nesting boxes. I have not seen any other eggs since then. I have searched property where they gather, but have not seen. I have also been delaying the time at which I open the coop and let them out in an attempt to train them to lay in the nesting boxes in the morning. Nothing since then. I expecting too much? Is there a delay between the first egg and subsequent egg layings?

    Also, occasionally I hear one of the hens cackling/sqwawking quite loud for a short period, maybe 15 seconds, out in the woods. Is this an hen laying an egg? Do they make a noise?

    I think I know which have layed the egg by their squatting behavior. Another hen is seriously red in the face, so she appears "due"?

    Thanks for any advice.

    Last edited: Jun 27, 2011
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    They can lay their first egg & take a few days off. You might want to lock them up for a few days so they can learn to lay in the boxes. I always leave mine open to avoid this. I figure before they start laying they will be curious & check out the boxes & figure out where to lay. Its always worked for me. I free range & they always return to their nest boxes to lay. They usually nothing etched in stone lay about an hour are so different everyday & may skip a day. Its hard to figure them out.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Quote:Agree. And they can sing (sounds like bok bok bok bok BAGAWWKK!) before, during and after they lay.

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