Laying eggs on the open lawn

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bramble16, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. bramble16

    bramble16 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    We have 2 sussex cross hens, Korma and Karala. Korma has just started laying eggs 4 weeks after her sister, Karala, who lays in the nest box . Just this week, Korma has started to go into the nest box for an hour or so, give up, come out and then lay smack in the middle of our lawn proudly announcing her egg with a loud rendition of the egg song. This has happened 3 days on the trot - how can I get her to copy her sister and lay in the nesting box. We have fake plastic eggs in there already - any ideas?
    Many thanks
    bramble16
     
  2. buttercup95

    buttercup95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might try picking her eggs up and placing them in the nesting box also. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Or you could try and wait it out. She might not fully grasp what the signs are just yet although it sounds like she's aware. hmm.
     
  3. bramble16

    bramble16 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks -we also thought that if we see her in the nest box we could shut her in the coop for an hour or so or until there is an egg? or do you think this might scare her?
     
  4. buttercup95

    buttercup95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hmm well I honestly don't know about that. I guess you can try it and see how it goes? Every hen is different so it might work. Either way I wish you the best of luck!
     
  5. bramble16

    bramble16 Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you very much! We are v excited to be getting eggs as we have managed to raise two roosters before these hens - sold to us in error - so we are grateful to know we have 2 girls this time...it would jut be great if the eggs arrived in the boxes!
     
  6. buttercup95

    buttercup95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha I totally understand. I was extremely excited when my hens started laying eggs. Unfortunately my hens all broke their eggs due to thin shells for the first couple of eggs. the situation quickly righted itself though. Keep us updated on how it goes?
     
  7. bramble16

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    Update! This morning I saw korma go into the net box so I shut her in. She sat for an hour or so and then got up and I let her out. The egg was there! Regrettably, a soft shell egg this time but at least she laid in the box. 4 days on the trot as a new layer so we are pleased overall. Hoping that might have done the trick. She wasn't distressed at all. Thanks for the advice.
     
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  8. buttercup95

    buttercup95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't really help, but I'm super happy it worked! I hope it's permanent too.[​IMG]
     

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