In the Brooder
- Jan 17, 2017
We have a flock of 1 rooster and 15 hens that are almost 2 years old. We have 6- 28ish week old hens that are ready to move in with the older girls. They all free range most of the day(11-noon we let them out to free range til bed) and are worried the young girls will lay their eggs anywhere instead of nesting boxes. How do we teach them to lay in nesting boxes? We already use ceramic eggs and can not close them in the coup since the older girls need to lay in there as well. We usually dont take younger girls out of their brooders til they lay, so they are used to laying in there. The 2 groups have been mingling with each other for while now so they are used to each other and we have also givin the younger girls time in the coup. Any help would be great. I depend on my eggs for my living and would hate to loose them because i dont know how to teach them to use the nesting boxes. Our older girls took to them straight away. Help please!