How do you find your freerange chickens eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by freefly, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. freefly

    freefly In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2008
    I am very luck regarding finding my freerange chickens eggs.
    They all lay in flower pots by my door.
    It all started by accident....
    I was over seas when my girls were due to start laying.
    When I got home there was 31 eggs in a flower pot by the door, so I cleaned it all up and put a few more flower pots there with shelter and a bit of privacy a little hay in the bottom.

    The younger hens have been watching the older and they also are laying there.

    I don't know if it is the norm. that freerange chickens share egg nest??

    Here is Jee Jee's first egg today. I saw her trying out the flower pot over the last few days.


  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    My hens freerange but I coop them at night. When I put them in the coop, I left them there for a week while they got used to being in there. Now they almost always lay in the nest boxes in the coop even though they free range because it's where they are accustomed to. Every now and then I have a Marans hen who likes to hide her eggs but for the most part they are all in the box.
  3. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Listen for the egg song and follow it to the hen as she gets off her nest.
    Most of my free rangers will go back to their coop to lay in the nests there.
  4. KyleD.

    KyleD. Songster

    Feb 3, 2009
    south carolina
    i use to have free range chickens share a nest. well there was only three but i had a small cage built for chicks and had the door open and they would fly up every day and lay. i would find 2-7 eggs a day. made me happy.[​IMG]
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I did the same and my hens walk back to the coop from wherever they are free-ranging to lay their eggs.
    Whichever hen is the first to lay in the morning designates the "favorite nest box of the day" and that's the one everyone uses unless there's a traffic jam; then all the eggs are split between two favorite boxes.
    I keep track of how many eggs I get each day, right now I average 11 eggs daily out of 14 hens. If that number was to suddenly drop then I'd be going on an easter egg hunt. So far, so good. [​IMG]
  6. n2h20

    n2h20 Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Pasadena Ca
    mine are kept in the run most of the day unless i am home,,which lately has been alot, in which case they are out from 7ish till 2-6pm.. we will all be out away from the coop and all of a sudden one will take off running back to the coop and about 15 minutes later she is back with the rest of the flock... she just laid an egg... pretty funny. so far i have had good luck with the laying in the nests
  7. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    My Minorca never got the idea of laying in the next box. Her first place was behind the air conditioner, then on the backyard picnic table, then inside the dog house...if I kept her inside the run to try to get her to lay in the nest box, she would "hold it" until I let her out. Stubborn cluck!


  8. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    even though my Banty chickens free range the hens always go in the coop to lay.. only time a hen doesn't lay in the coop is when she has a nest hidden somewhere ..where she plans to set and hatch them
  9. Appytaz

    Appytaz Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    Central Florida
    Mine love the detacted garage. It is an older type with a heavy wooden door that I am not strong enough to lift on my own. So I turned a large tote on its side and piled hay in it, left her an egg in there and we have been doing great that way for a month now. I have a pole with a hook I can reach under the door and pull the tote out - then just push it back under. Thank Goodness the cats have decided to leave her alone! A few months back, the cats took her nest from her and she laid under a pom frond in the front horse's paddock. I have no clue how he avoided stepping on her! We couldn't find her until she hatched out 9 babies and brought them to the front door. Then we followed her back to the nest under the frond. Another one sat under a low palm tree and then started under the oak tree in the front yard. Ethel has not been as cooperative as Fred is about laying where we want her too. You never know where you may find them.
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    WIsh I could help, but mine always lay in the nests, no matter how far away from the coop they were when the urge hit. I've watched them literally run to the nest as fast as they could to lay.

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