My chicken laid her first egg :) . How do I move them?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chaunghian, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. chaunghian

    chaunghian Out Of The Brooder

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    Happ New Year to all Chicken Lovers. This morning 1/1/2011, my chicken just laid her first egg.
    She laid it on the ground next to the wall. But that place is not secure for them and it may be wet because of the rain or water coming from the garden.
    I had a coop for them with opened door and I put a plastic box inside the coop. I also put some dead grass found in the garden and I put her first egg in it.
    Is it ok to move her egg to the nest box i just made for her? Please give me some recommendations.
    I let me chickens free to run around and they sleep next to the door on a stick at night.
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  2. Deanner03

    Deanner03 The Cake Queen

    YOu can move the egg, or some use fake eggs and/or golf balls to try to show them where to lay.
     
  3. chaunghian

    chaunghian Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thank You for your quick response. Hopefully my chicken will know that her egg is there and take good care of it [​IMG]
     
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  4. Deanner03

    Deanner03 The Cake Queen

    It may not happen overnight. For some...it never happens. We do better with a more vertical nesting box (if that makes sense). With yours, they may not be able to see in and get in/out easily.
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Unless a hen is "broody," she won't do anything with that egg she laid. Broodinessis bred out of most chickens; they lay their eggs and don't set on them to incubate them. It is best to just gather the eggs for eating until she shows signs od being broody. She may never be broody, too. Or she might.
     
  6. Jane Jill Jack

    Jane Jill Jack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Happy New Year to you!

    The container looks a little high and uncomfortable for the hens. My hens like small boxes made of wood that's about 6 inches by 10 inches. They feel protected with some walls around them, like a cave, and if they're off the ground. Any dry and clean nesting material would work. Good Luck.
     
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  7. chaunghian

    chaunghian Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks for the suggestion Deanner03. I may need to rebuilt the nestbox. My dad just want it simple and use the plastic container.
     
  8. chaunghian

    chaunghian Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks for the comment gryeyes. My dad and my Grandma said they will "brood" their eggs when there more eggs. They won't when theres only one. I don't know if its right or not. This is the first egg of my life [​IMG]
     
  9. chaunghian

    chaunghian Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks Jane Jill Jack. I will follow your instruction to make one nestbox using wood for them. The the nesting material I read alot of folks here recommend shredding paper, so I may use that and mix with some of the dry grass.
     
  10. Jane Jill Jack

    Jane Jill Jack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, the dimensions are several inches larger. [​IMG]
     

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