Getting nesting boxes ready?

CatsandCrops

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I've read through posts via search - but does any one have any go to tips for getting nesting boxes ready for 1st time egg layers? We have 8 hens who are coming up on laying time and have started to display some behaviors (squatting and possible tiny test making, or I'm reading to much into it and they are actually just digging around in the run). I was going to add shavings and some straw to their nesting boxes (which they have completely ignored up until this point) and add in some golf balls. They have access to food/water/inside of coop 24/7 too
 

DaphneTheDuck

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I've read through posts via search - but does any one have any go to tips for getting nesting boxes ready for 1st time egg layers? We have 8 hens who are coming up on laying time and have started to display some behaviors (squatting and possible tiny test making, or I'm reading to much into it and they are actually just digging around in the run). I was going to add shavings and some straw to their nesting boxes (which they have completely ignored up until this point) and add in some golf balls. They have access to food/water/inside of coop 24/7 too
I would set up the nests now if I were you and to test if they are near laying while they are on the floor put your hand on one's back if it squats down they are near laying or if they seem suddenly to be louder that's another sign!
 

igorsMistress

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That's all you need to do. They might lay in other places once in a while at first but they'll get it.FWIW my girls don't squat for me and never have except for one.
 

rosemarythyme

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Your plan sounds good. Don't be surprised to see the pullets mess with the nests a bit once you get it set up - they may kick out bedding, kick out fake eggs, climb in and out. All normal as they explore what the boxes might be good for.
 

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