How do I get ready for the eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by americanshorty26, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. americanshorty26

    americanshorty26 Out Of The Brooder

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    When my chickens start to lay eggs what kinda things do I need to have?

    Should I clean them? And if so, with what?
    I heard something about putting fake eggs in the nesting boxes, what is that about? Also, what should I put in the nest box bedding? Would pine needels work?

    I know lots of questions but anything that you know would really help me out.

    Thanks Amy
     
  2. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Amy,

    I'm also new at this but this is what I've found:

    --my chicks ignored the golf balls but like the close quarters of the nesting boxes so have begun using them after they laid their first egg. I think for a couple of them the first egg came as a bit of a surprise.
    --mine prefer straw over wood chips in the nesting box

    And last, I only clean the egg if it has something on it -- typically I just wipe it off with a paper towel. I also will be interested in hearing whether others clean their eggs or not.

    Deb
     
  3. oldegger

    oldegger Out Of The Brooder

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    Ditto on the pine shavings and straw. really haven't had any dirty eggs. one hen did layed one egg while roosting. With 8 inches of shavings it didn't break or land in any poo.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Amy, when your hens start laying switch them over to layer feed, if you haven't already. Offer oyster shell in a seperate container, free-choice.
    Don't wash your eggs until you are ready to cook them. They are naturally coated with a layer called bloom. It protects the egg and keeps em fresher longer. If they are really dirty from the nest, just wipe them off with a paper towel.
    To encourage hens to lay in the nesting boxes, some use golf balls or fake eggs. I have alot of egg gourds that I grew, they look just like the real thing, but they weren't necessary. My hens seem to like the closeness of the nest.
     

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