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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by babychiks1134, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. babychiks1134

    babychiks1134 In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2016
    So glad I found this site!! I'm new to the chicken world and have found so much useful information here so a big thank you!!
    I have 5 girls that are now5 months old. They have started to do the dance whenever I get near so I'm hoping they are getting ready to lay. They free range most of the day and don't want to be searching the woods for their eggs! Do they typically lay n the morning?? Is noon time late enough to keep them in their coop?? Any info is appreciated!![​IMG]

  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! Nice ladies you have there! Mine tend to lay at anytime during the day. Here is an article on how an egg is formed which takes over 24 hours ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/common-egg-quality-problems

    To get them used to laying in the nest boxes could you keep them in a pen around the coop for a while so they know wher to head back to? Even when mine are lit in the garden they always head back to the coop to lay as they know the nest boxes are safe there.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
  3. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

    Mar 1, 2015
    :frow Hi, and welcome to BYC!!
  4. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    Oh wow, you have some nice layers there. A lot of eggs coming your way.

    They will lay at different times. You will notice that they will start early, then start laying later and later in the day until they take a day off.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. JDisme

    JDisme Chirping

    Hi Neighbor, Im from south/central Maine. I am new to chickens also. My first hen started laying two weeks ago! What I did is fill the two nesting boxes with wood shavings and placed a golf ball (found outside of Poland Spring's Golf Course) in one. I did this two weeks before she started laying. I then noticed one of them began making a nest in that box...and weeks latter..an egg!
  7. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    Hi and [​IMG] It can be so hard waiting for the first eggs! To encourage them to lay in the nest box, you could put some kind of nest egg in there. This could be anything from a ceramic nest egg from Tractor Supply to a golf ball! Just anything that is sturdy and vaguely resembles an egg. Good luck!
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  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    welcome to Backyard chickens
  10. babychiks1134

    babychiks1134 In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2016
    Great idea, i had 2 more eggs that were not in their nesting boxes but the middle of the coop....im putting golf balls in now, thanks!

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