Hooked on my new chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CrzychiknLady, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. CrzychiknLady

    CrzychiknLady Just Hatched

    Jun 1, 2016
    I am a new chicken owner too as well as new to the site...any advice would be greatly appreciated! [​IMG] I have 2 leghorns and one Barred Rock, I got them as new hens that just started laying. The black one laid from day one and after a few days stopped. The other 2 have been laying pretty consistently but refuse to use the new nesting boxes. They all used them in the first coop, but after a week we moved them into a newer bigger one and now it's a free for all. In the woods, from the roosting bar....wherever! Well anyway, if anyone has any good tips or tricks I'm all ears. I do love them and am definitely hooked, my husband and sons are calling me the crazy chicken lady!
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2016
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC - you are in the company of many 'crazy chicken people'.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and [​IMG] - glad that you've joined us. There's a few methods to try and encourage using the nest, ranging from putting gold balls in the nest, to keeping the girls in the coop until around midday, after they have laid. I'd suggest further reading on the subject.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center, and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    All the best
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to the BYC flock
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  5. CrzychiknLady

    CrzychiknLady Just Hatched

    Jun 1, 2016
    Thank you for the welcome, and yes I am still reading up on it...I feel so guilty leaving them in the coop, they don't sound happy about it.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2016
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Many members (myself included) had success placing fake eggs or golf balls in the nest boxes to show the hens where to lay. Making the next boxes more attractive (semi-dark and private with some nice bedding in it) should also help. Good luck!
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  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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