Help, I think like a chicken

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LoneCowboy, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Scary huh? Well it's true. When I was installing the nesting boxes in my coop, I said to myself. If I were a chicken, I'd bag these stupid nesting boxes, and lay in that cosy corner under the nesting boxes. Well, guess what! One of my EEer's has made and nice little nest down there and lays a long green egg everyday for me. I can't blame her, I'd do it too. So I keep it clean like I would a nesting box, and just let her lay there.
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    None of mine use the nesting boxes, they lay in the nice soft wood shavings.
  3. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I've actually put wood shavings in their nesting boxes. I have it around, it's easy. They all seem to like it. Silly girls. [​IMG]
  4. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    If you take the eggs on the floor and leave a dummy egg in egg box, bet they will switch....unless they r real stubborn, they are females........[​IMG] (ducks for cover)
  5. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    I built a new pen for our 4 JG's and 2 Red Stars.
    I built a coop with 2 cozy nest boxes, but the red stars would lay in the opposite corner of the coop.
    So I would take the 2 eggs and put them in the boxes and do this for 2 or 3 days before finally gathering them up.
    When the first giant started laying, it was in the nest box.
    After a while I stopped leaving eggs in the nest box and figured I'd settle with just the Giant laying in the right place.
    After a few days, the Giant started laying in the corner with the red stars.
    I put a golf ball in each nest box and the Giant lays in there again, and now the other Giant is laying too, and in the nest box.
    But those darn red stars refuse to lay anywhere except that one corner.
  6. JackieK318

    JackieK318 Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    Meh. I have one that lays in the front garden, one lays in the pots on the porch, one lays in the window box...

    Not one egg in a nesting box. I suppose I need to hang some photos or something. The nesting boxes aren't too fun to look at if you're in there a while. Can't blame them for laying where they want.
  7. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Well, I can't complain. I only have one that lays somewhere other than the nesting box, and it's easy to find. I think the EEers are low in the pecking order, and the other girls take their own sweet time in the boxes. So she lays where she can. [​IMG]

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