Intro and Question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bekkyb, Dec 24, 2015.

  1. bekkyb

    bekkyb New Egg

    Dec 24, 2015
    Central PA

    Hi all! I'm a newbie to having chickens, but I totally love it! I've been a lurker to the site for over a year, and finally took the plunge and joined. I live in Central PA and have 7 chickens, all 6 months old, 2 of which have started to lay. I have 3 Easter Eggers, 2 Buff Orpingtons,1 Silver Cuckoo Marans, and 1 Wesummer, all ordered from mypetchicken. One of my EE has started laying beautiful greenish eggs about 2 weeks ago, and I started getting a nice reddish brown egg with no speckles (see picture) everday since Sunday. Not quite sure who that one is coming from. I'm thinking the Marans. As for my question. None of my chickens have ever even tried going in their nesting boxes! They are the most curious animals I've ever seen, but they simply do not care about the nesting boxes at all. I've tried golf balls, new bedding, even (out of desperation) spreading some scratch IN their nesting boxes. Only one EE chicken (I call her my guard dog chicken, I think she thinks she's a roo) has been brave enough to poke her head in to get some. She still won't actually go in the box though. Any ideas of anything else I could try?
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - maybe if you could post a pic of your nesting boxes it may be easier to offer some advice.
  3. bekkyb

    bekkyb New Egg

    Dec 24, 2015
    Central PA
    This is the only picture I have of the nesting boxes taken the day we put them in a few months ago. Only the top 5 are functional. The lower 5 do not have anything on the bottom and the bars are covering the openings.[​IMG]
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC & Merry Christmas! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. UlmerChickens

    UlmerChickens Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 23, 2015
    Hmm, I am not sure.
    but welcome to BYC,
    You've come to the right place.
    Make sure to look in the learning center, they may have the answer to your nesting box question.
    If you have any other specific questions be sure to ask us, that's what us BYC members are here for.
    Good Luck!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hard to gauge by photo but, are the nest boxes large enough for your hens? You may try posting at "chicken behaviors and egg laying."
  7. bekkyb

    bekkyb New Egg

    Dec 24, 2015
    Central PA
    I will try posting elsewhere. I think they're plenty big. I will have to remeasure at some point, but I'm pretty sure they were the standard size for a mixed flock. I'll check on it. Thanks for all the replies and Merry Christmas!! [​IMG]
  8. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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