Hello from Louisiana

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lauraryan, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. lauraryan

    lauraryan New Egg

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    I have had 5 orpington chicks for 3 months, although they're no longer chicks. One rooster and the rest hens. They are doing great and are now free ranging and return to protected coop at night. How do i make the transition to nesting boxes? or will they do that on their own? The boxes ( hay filled and cozy) are provided but no one is having any part of them.

    This is my first attempt at chickens and are enjoying them immensely!
     
  2. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! They should learn on their own but if you put golf balls,ping pong ball or fake eggs in the nesting box that will help.Sounds like you have a nice little flock! and [​IMG]
     
  3. lauraryan

    lauraryan New Egg

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    thank you. i will try to send pictures soon
     
  4. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] You are welcome!
     
  5. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Orpingtons are a nice breed and make great pets. As the girls get closer to laying, they should start investigating the nesting boxes by themselves, they may rearrange the hay and fuss about for a few weeks before they start laying. As chickenboy190 said, fake eggs or golf balls etc in the nests are helpful to trick the chickens in to thinking other hens have already OKd the box and laid in it. If they start trying to sleep in the boxes though, you want to discourage that mostly because of the poop issue.
     
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  8. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve. :frow
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I agree with Kelsi's advice
     

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