My first egg and ?'s about nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jenikate, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Jenikate

    Jenikate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Finally got my first egg! Actually 2 of them. Both laid by these two light Brahmas...they are such tiny little eggs :)[​IMG]

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    Now, here is the issue...they both laid them in the middle of the coop floor! Should I take the eggs and put them in a nesting box so they get the ides? Any advice welcome!
     
  2. Vickilynn45

    Vickilynn45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first eggs were dropped off the roost, but they eventually figured it out. If you don't already have it, put a couple golf balls or fake eggs in the nest. I do have one that just started laying in a corner of our deck attached to my house, so we have to work on her. :(
     
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes the first few eggs come as a surprise even to the hens because they are not used to the sensation. I would not worry about this unless it becomes a regular, on-going thing. Put a golf ball or a fake egg or even just leave a real egg in the nest to give them a hint.

    If it becomes an on going problem, take a careful look at your set up and make sure there isn't anything about the boxes they might not be liking.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2012
  4. Jenikate

    Jenikate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read about many people actually putting up little "curtains" to make it more dark and private...wonder if that would help...
     
  5. 7 Biddies

    7 Biddies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure, but the fake egg theory is that the chickens assume someone else has laid eggs in there, so it must be a safe place. In addition to this, I introduce the girls to the nest box by putting each one in there when she started to look ready to lay. Except for a couple of soft shelled "oopsies", every hen is laying in the nest box.
     
  6. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried the curtains on a few of my boxes to see if they did prefer them. I didn't see a difference in where they laid. Maybe its just my hens.
     

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