free range might be hiding eggs ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alagary, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. alagary

    alagary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    prattville al.
    I have ten girls that are 7 months old .It seems like only 1 is laying in the nest . What sort of areas should I look to see if they are laying in the yard ?
  2. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Mine free range and they are NOTORIOUS for hiding eggs!! They're fav spot is in the brush on theedge of the's pathetic--every time I go to collect eggs out of the barn, I have to walk along the brush to collect them! Sad part is, that's where I collect the most some days! lol Little turds.... [​IMG]
  3. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    My girls like tall grass, the taller the better. I've occasionally found eggs in places like under the horse trailer or behind the coop, but mostly in the areas that don't get mowed often enough.
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  4. davidb

    davidb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2008
    north east Georgia
    Mine do the same ,I make a round looking at their hiding spots every day mine will move to different locations, in the brush,goats stable,in tall grass,but mostly they like the dark concealed areas.and some even use the nests I have and I have lots more nest than chickens
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  5. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    My 2 hamburgs were the sneakiest at hiding their eggs. They got into our neighbor's run-down well house, and I didn't find that nest until there were probably 30 eggs in there. Darn girls, it was middle of summer, and that was 2.5 dozen eggs wasted!

    Look everywhere that is a small hiding place - under low-hanging trees, shrubs, in open buildings, hollows under weeds... You have to be as creative looking as they are hiding!
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  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I'm lucky my girls lay in their nest boxes. I do have a golf ball in each nest.
  7. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    When mine started laying I didn't know they were even laying til my sons friend asked us 1 day why we had a flower pot full of eggs on our front porch, lol. I wish I could have let them keep laying there, it was so easy to check for eggs. Then the neighbors dog got 1 of my hens, so they don't get to free range unless we are outside now.
  8. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    My hens like to lay next to structures such as sheds, house a pen with solid sides etc. Most popular spot is the back porch, I simply cannot keep them OFF and several hens are most determined to lay there, no matter what.

    One thing you can do is put nest boxes around to attract them into laying more easily accessible spots. Put them off ground level also, many hens like to lay high if possible.

    You could even try making a "egg hutch" with a ladder going up to it. I know someone who made one and many of his hens go into it to lay their eggs. Nice way of making nests that are easy to access (he put doors on the outside fo the nest chambers- just open a door to check on a nest). He also made it for his height- no stooping or stretching to check nests, very nice!

    One of the most popular nest sites was an old gas grill left against a fence that had the window front taken off. I had to collect eggs from that daily or else they would get broken from excess numbers of eggs..
  9. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    Our previous chickens fooled us for a while. We had no idea they were laying yet until one of our chickens was missing. We went looking for her and found her way inside our dog's doghouse (large igloo type) sitting on a whole pile of eggs. After checking around, we found another stash in the small area between our shed & block wall. After that, we started keeping them penned up until after lunch - by then they were done laying. They still had all afternoon to free range.
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  10. aiwetir

    aiwetir Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2008
    portland, or
    i got our first egg around the first, now nothing. they were cooped up for 3 days at the time as we were out of town. now i'm going to go looking in all the corners of the yard to see if they have been laying somewhere else all along.

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