Free range flock egg laying question?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CountryCentinel, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. CountryCentinel

    CountryCentinel Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 14, 2011
    Our girls are 5 months old now, free ranging around our property and are doing great. But we have a quick question, as far as egg laying goes is it typical that the girls will return to the coop and their nest box to lay or will we have eggs all over the property?
  2. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    South MS swamps
    Mine always head back to the coop to lay.
  3. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    If they are in the habit of laying in the coop, they will likely continue to. If they don't, you can always shut them in the coop for a few days so that they have no choice about where to lay. After a week or so in the coop, they will usually return there to lay their eggs. Make sure you have fake eggs in the nesting boxes.
  4. bagawk

    bagawk Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2012
    Mine picked a spot next to my barn door in the grooming area that I brush my horses in. They picked the top of a barrel. So I put a nesting box up there and that's the spot they lay them. I dont' have to trudge through rain, dirt or mud to find eggs. They are conveniently deposited outside the feed room. :)
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    They can be notional, mine will upon occasion, start laying somewhere else. Mine generally lay in the house in their boxes, but sometimes will create a nest somewhere else.

    If all of a sudden, you have no eggs, that is a sign that they have a new nest. Go down with your coffee, and you usually can find it, when they start the egg song. But if so, just lock them up for a few days, and they will go back to the boxes that you want them to lay in.

  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    We had to go on egg hunts all the time. There were "usual" spots to lay, then we'd find nest with a dozen or two eggs in it.
  7. RBOutdoors

    RBOutdoors Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    3 out of the 5 lay in the coop all the time. The other 2 are hit or miss. my problem is I have roll away boxes which contribute to them laying outside the coop. I am in the process of rebuilding my coop to include traditional nest boxes.

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