My girls laid their first egg. Woohoo!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by peepersandbuzz, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. peepersandbuzz

    peepersandbuzz Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my two girls laid their first egg last night! I'm so excited. I do, however, have one question/concern. The egg was laid just outside the coop and in the dirt. Every time I put straw in their coop, they pull it out and play with it. They share the coop together. At night, I latch the door shut and let them out bright and early in the morning.

    What can I do so that they keep the straw in the coop (not a big deal if they don't), but what do I need to do so they lay their eggs inside their coop. These are my first pet chickens. Any suggestions appreciated.

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  2. eggmandoo

    eggmandoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Try wood shavings ? I use them and the hens generally don't cause too much mess. Maybe you could try keeping them inside so they will learn to lay in coop.
     
  3. Wyatt0224

    Wyatt0224 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What you could do is build a nesting box. That is probably why they laid it in the dirt and outside the coop. Between two hens one nesting box should be plenty big enough.
     
  4. peepersandbuzz

    peepersandbuzz Out Of The Brooder

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    The coop is a 3x3 area. It has a flat area and then a step up where the girls sleep. I feel like if I were to get a shaped nest on that step, put some ceramic eggs inside, that they would lay in there. Their run is a 10x10x6 area and the coop sits in the middle of that.

    What kind of wood shavings? Are there some types of woods that are harmful?
     
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  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Congratulations on your first egg [​IMG]

    As the others have posted, if you don't have a nesting box, adding one would be a good idea. There are tons of creative ideas for building a nesting box, some use buckets, crates or build/buy a "traditional" box.

    You may also want to place a golf ball or purchase some ceramic eggs (I found mine at Tractor Supply) and place them in the nest. This "usually" will encourage them to lay their eggs there. I leave my ceramic eggs in the nesting boxes all the time, so no need to take them out once your girls start laying.

    Good luck with your ladies!
     
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