Most likely location of the first egg???

hatchaholic

Songster
11 Years
Jul 23, 2008
1,106
1
161
South Carolina
My girls are 19 weeks old, and I'm thinking at least a few should start laying anytime now. (Red combs, face, and wattles..) We have a coop with lots of nesting boxes filled with hay, just waiting for the first egg.

My question is this...What are the chances that they will actually lay in the nesting box at first? We let them out of the coop in the morning, and they spend most of the day in a fenced yard, about 1/4 acres (maybe a little less.)

Where did your chicken lay the first egg? And, if it was not in the nesting box, when/how did they finally get it right??
 

DouglasPeeps

Songster
11 Years
Feb 26, 2008
1,258
4
171
Colorado
Our first egg was found on the floor in our coop right in front of the nesting boxes.

The next 2 were found outside in the run. If think that for about a month I would find 1 egg on the floor every other day. The rest were laid in the nesting boxes. My chickens have been laying since the end of June and it is very rare to find an egg anywhere but in the nesting boxes at this point.

Hope this helps!

BTW, I did have golf balls in our nesting boxes to encourage the chickens to lay their eggs there.
 

donnaIL

Songster
11 Years
Jun 3, 2008
106
0
109
SouthernIL
everyone of them layed them on the floor. be careful when walking in/around the coop. They all layed their second and etc. eggs in the plastic milk crates that serve as nest boxes.

maybe they don't realize what is happening? JMO donna
 

orbirdman

In the Brooder
11 Years
Aug 25, 2008
79
1
29
oregon
we were curious about this also. i havent finished the coop and run. my wife found 8 eggs under a large rose bush. the first hard shelled ones we got. the first couple were like leather. i built a temporary nest box and have been getting 2-3 eggs every other day out of it. we free range the birds for now.
 

chick_newbie

Songster
11 Years
Jun 15, 2008
276
1
131
South Dakota
Mine started to lay about 3 weeks ago and have all been laid in the nesting boxes. Although I was starting to wonder since I had gotten 2 brown eggs and then nothing from her until today again.
 

cackle

Songster
11 Years
Jul 8, 2008
955
1
139
North Carolina
So far the ones I have laying are using the nesting boxes. Since one of the girls started laying 2 weeeks before her sisters I was looking everywhere for hidden eggs.

Most i have had in 1 day was 5 but they were all in the boxes.
 

derby

Songster
11 Years
Apr 18, 2008
179
2
131
Boonsboro, MD
Our first two eggs were laid at the top of the kids sliding board


Once I figured out what time she was laying, I kept her cooped up until she laid it. Now she always goes back in the coop to lay it in the nesting box.

I do leave a golf ball in the nesting box to "point it out to them". When she settles down on the nest to lay, she is always careful to roll the golf ball under her as well.

Derby
 

hatchaholic

Songster
11 Years
Jul 23, 2008
1,106
1
161
South Carolina
Thanks for all of the info. I've put golf balls in a few of the nests, hoping they will get the hint when they start to lay. But, I have been going on egg hunts every afternoon, just to be sure!! I'd hate to miss my first egg...
 

PotterWatch

My Patronus is a Chicken
11 Years
Apr 22, 2008
5,470
33
288
Virginia
Mine have all been laid in nest boxes except for the one girl who didn't have access to a nestbox.
 

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