Laying/nesting in random places

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by forestrymom, May 27, 2011.

  1. forestrymom

    forestrymom Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens are free ranging, at least part of the time, but the time is irregular based on when we're home. They WERE laying eggs in their nesting boxes. Now they've dropped them in random places, AND they've eaten a couple of them. What do I do?
     
  2. MattMansChickens

    MattMansChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    put fake eggs in the nest it stimulates them to lay there
     
  3. silversage03

    silversage03 Out Of The Brooder

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    My free-rangers do the same thing. You'd be amazed at the places they'll find to stash those eggs! Behind plywood sheets, under work benches, behind bricks, even under old weeds along a fence row. Keeps life interesting to say the least. What has worked well for me is to just let them find those places. I'll leave an egg there and they'll continue to lay in that spot. Rotate the "bait" egg out and all is well.
     
  4. MattMansChickens

    MattMansChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:haha nice pic, does the cat lay too? LOL
     
  5. forestrymom

    forestrymom Out Of The Brooder

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    What about the eating of the eggs? And I wish I'd posted this this morning. I'm 80 miles from fake eggs!
     
  6. forestrymom

    forestrymom Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Man, I really don't have time to look for them! Ugh...
     
  7. Taylorhens

    Taylorhens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I haven't tried this, so maybe someone with more experience can tell you better, but I've read several times that golf balls will work in place of fake eggs.
     
  8. PhoenixAngel429

    PhoenixAngel429 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Keep the egg eaters away from the eggs. They will forget after a while.
     
  9. forestrymom

    forestrymom Out Of The Brooder

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    Would a rock work? I found one that looks an awful lot like my brown eggs.

    I'm really worried. I was getting 3 eggs a day from my 4 buffs, but for the last 2 days I've only gotten 1. And I've looked and looked and don't see eggs, so am I to assume they're not laying or eating them?
     
  10. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Try anything ie egg shaped rock, golf balls, etc

    Heat and stress can affect laying, maybe you have something prowling around? or a raiding raven? Snakes? Keep a lookout for shell remains
     
    Last edited: May 28, 2011

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