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my first egg eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by turnleftdad, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. turnleftdad

    turnleftdad In the Brooder

    Oct 3, 2010
    Been looking for weeks now and no eggs 3 rir 2 buff orps. Dolly one of my rir has been acting strange and making a lot of noise in the morinings but I could not find any eggs. Today I looked under the ramp and found 4 wonderful brown eggs. How can I get them to lay in the nests that I made for them? One other kind of dumb question about 5 days ago ruby one of my rir passed away. She was always small and never very strong. She hurt her leg and wasnt able to recover. Now my rir are mean to everybody but me they eat out of my hand jump on my arms and make all kinds of ruckus when I come out. The day after I got home from work I found ruby at the door of the coop just laying there. When I got to her all I could do was just pet her and tell her to get up over and over. Me being mr macho I looked around to see if anybody could see me then wiped my eyes and took care of ruby. My question is is this normal for me to get so attached to my girls?

  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    First, the nest box needs to be meet certain requirements for the hen - it should look safe and dark. They prefer a small space to a large space and like to have something over their heads. A covered cat litter box is kind of perfect. If they have chosen another place to lay, it might be that the place you want them to lay does not seem as safe. Once you have decided on a place for them to lay, try putting a few golf balls in it to show them that "this is where we put the eggs". You could also move eggs from where they have been laid INTO the nest box and leave them there for the rest of the day to give them the idea too.
  3. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    First of all, I am sorry about Ruby, she sounds like a sweetie. Is the ramp to the henhouse, or is it inside the hen house..if it is outside leading to the house, keep them up a little longer in the a.m.. And YES,,it is normal for you to get so attached. I love my chickens and would go to all ends to take care of them, including carrying them around in my arms if they don't want to walk...well if I just feel the need actually..lol

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