Newb here from Southern Cali

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Boudroux, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. Boudroux

    Boudroux Hatching

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    Just joined today to give out a general thank you to this site. I did all my homework here.

    A friend is moving and can't take his hens with him so I adopted them. There is a white leghorn an Americana and a buff orpington. I have a huge lot, two young boys and a what turns out to be a very chicken friendly dog so these will be free range birds all the way and they seem happy about that. The first week they got here I didn't have a coop or anything so they ran wild and roosted in my mulberry tree. They have been laying eggs in a nest they built up under some bushes.

    Now the coop and nest box is done and the girls are moved in. Without hesitation they immediately started roosting the first night in the coop. I made sure to build the nest box much lower than the roost.

    My plan is to leave them in the coop until they start laying eggs in the box and then let the range during the day again. Hopefully that is soon as I'm about out of eggs from the first week and have no interest in grocery store eggs anymore.

    Looking at the pine shavings in the nest box it is clear they have not even explored inside it yet. Any suggestions on how to get them to go in and check it out?

    Glad I found this site and look forward to contributing.
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    [​IMG] you could try putting a couple of golf balls in the nest so they get the idea that is where they are supposed to lay. Should work for you.
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings from Kansas, Boudroux, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! Best wishes to you and your chickens!
     
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! x2 on the golf ball suggestion.
     
  7. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Songster

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    Hello and welcome....so glad you joined BYC

    Good luck with your new hens
     
  8. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     

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