my chicken layed first egg today, tho it was not in the coop. how do i get them to lay in the coop, or is this something that i need to give time and they will do it on their own? they are free range and go in at dusk. thanks.
I agree. For the time being I would try to keep them in a few extra hours. I've never used fake eggs (just got lucky), but I hear lots of good things about them. Once they get the hang of it you can try to let them out at your normal time. I have what I call lazy layers that won't lay until noon or later so I just cross my fingers they keep going in the box. So far so good good luck!