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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Christmas Chick, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. Christmas Chick

    Christmas Chick Hatching

    Feb 24, 2015
    I am a new member as of today and am looking forward to getting some great tips from all of you "Pros"! I have learned a few things from reading some of your blogs before I joined. I have a problem with my chickens laying eggs out of the coop. They are a year old and this is a fairly new thing I discovered about them. I just thought they were not good producers. Any advice?

    Christmas Chick
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Welcome to BYC!

    Do you have fake eggs or golf balls in your nest boxes?
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 do you have fake eggs or golf balls in the nests? This can signal to a hen where to lay. Also you may have to confine them to the coop until they learn where the proper place to lay is.

    Good luck!
  4. Christmas Chick

    Christmas Chick Hatching

    Feb 24, 2015
    Some of the chickens (I have 6) are still laying in the box, and I have been leaving them for a day and marking them with a pencil so I can pull them the next day. Today, I have them confined in their coop and a run that we can attach to the coop. They re not happy about this, but after finding about 30 eggs in 2 nests on the property, I figured I better do something. I am afraid that raccoons will find them and then go after the chickens. Could the roosting box be too small?
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    X2 on the above posters. Also, are the nest boxes relatively dark? Hens like dark, secluded places for laying eggs.
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Do you have multiple boxes for the six hens? Hens do like to share, but you may also have a submissive hen or two who does not like to argue with a bossy hen in the box, making her more likely to look for other nesting places. Boxes that are around 14" square are a good size for most hens.
  7. Christmas Chick

    Christmas Chick Hatching

    Feb 24, 2015
    I only have 2 boxes, and for a while I was getting 5-6 eggs a day. Then around daylight-savings time, my Araucana stopped laying (or so I thought!). Last week, my daughter found a nest under some ferns near our front entryway that had about 25 eggs in it and most of them were the blue-green of the Araucana. Of course they were no good since they were there for quite a while. She has always been the timid one, though she is beginning to hold her own. Is this variety known to prefer laying in private?
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  9. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Crowing 5 Years

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC!
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

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