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Peppercorn in vent to find hidden nest?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Maebh, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. Maebh

    Maebh In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2014
    I have 3 chickens who I allow free range over a 4 acre fallow field. Unfortunately they have gotten in the habit of creating their own nests, though I do provide elevated nesting boxes in the coop with bedding.

    I googled (probably not a good idea to trust google but any-who) and found a page advising placing a peppercorn in the chickens vent, tricking the chicken into thinking it needs to lay. I had some misgivings but unscrewed the pepper shaker and went fiddling with tail feathers.

    And? Nothing, I mean the girls were unimpressed with being flipped upside down and having me probe them with my finger but once I had let them down they just stood their waiting for me to feed them.

    Had this worked for anyone else? Did I do something wrong? Will I find the peppercorns ensconced in the shells of my hidden eggs?

    Have you any suggestions for how to possibly find the hidden nest? I am afraid of attracting predators.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2014
  2. CharterChick

    CharterChick Songster

    Jul 21, 2014
    Aberdeen, WA
    My Coop
    I spent a few days watching my girls when a couple stopped laying in their nest. I found their nest and broke one of their eggs in the hidden nest and they never went back to it again!

    As for the pepper corn I have heard of that and never tried it. Aside from having a taco bell butt i'm thinking she'll be fine!
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