Nest boxes and chicken use

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Wxguru, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. Wxguru

    Wxguru Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have eggs now as of this weekend....BUT...my golden buff is laying them in the chicken run. I have 3 nest boxes that are painted completely black. I have not put up any kind of curtains for privacy...so looking for opinions here on if they aren't using based on the lack of privacy?>
    Before she started laying, the golden buff would get in each next box and scrape around at the nest material and then sit for a few seconds then get up....they are plenty big....13" wide x 12" tall (slope to back) x 15" deep.
    I have no idea why she would like to lay them in the run....they literally were out in the open.
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    So she is a new layer, right? This is not at all uncommon for them. Have you got any "bait eggs" in your nest boxes (wooden eggs, golf balls, etc - not real eggs)? It can take a little time for them to get the hang of the whole process.....not just how, but where, to do this new thing their body does.
     
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  3. Wxguru

    Wxguru Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep she is a new layer....very first for us. She has 5 sisters that are australorps and orpingtons...so they will be a couple of weeks behind her. She is leading the way!
    I have had golf balls in there from the time I opened the nests up to try to encourage them to lay there.
     

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