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Leaving in the coop longer

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cravenchx, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. cravenchx

    cravenchx Songster

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    I've read many posts on here about leaving
    the girls in the coop longer, when they start
    to lay, to "convince" them to lay in the nesting boxes.
    My girls are 19 weeks old and not laying yet.
    My husband and both leave for work by 7:30ish
    and don't return til 4 or 5.
    They will lay when they are ready, I know, but
    I am worried about where

  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    My , now hens free range everyday from nine AM to four PM. They lay all their eggs in their nest boxes. When their ready to lay they return to the coop lay the egg & sing the egg song & my roo goes & gets the girl & they continue free ranging.
  3. hoog

    hoog Songster

    I have a quarter acre fenced in with 6' chain link where my hens free range at will. I don’t lock the coop and they come and go as they please.

    They just started laying recently but they always lay in the 5-gallon-bucket nests inside the coop.
  4. ECBW

    ECBW Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    If there is no older birds to show POL the way, this might be a good scenario for fake eggs. I use the plastic easter eggs rather than the dimply golf balls. Put a little weight in the plastic eggs and seal them. Leave 2 in the nest. Chicken's instinct to lay in cluster will do the rest.
  5. cravenchx

    cravenchx Songster

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    I do have golf balls in place and no older
    hens. They are all the same age, within a
    day. Thanks for all the knowledge and pep
    talk. I can hardly wait for that first egg!!!

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