Re egg laying and laying areas :) help please

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by taunya1979, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. taunya1979

    taunya1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2016
    I have 4 hens that are 4 months old 2 BR and 2EE I have a playhouse turned into a coop for them and I have the windows on two sides cut out with totes screwed in with lids for easy gathering I also have bedding in it (not sure what they'd want to lay in) can you all show me your laying areas? Do my girls each need a desperate laying area or will they share? Anything else I can do to jumpstart the process should I put a fake egg in or anything? Any info is appreciated :) I allow them to free range all day they only go into the coop at night (will they lay outside somewhere omg I hope not I'll never find any eggs lol)
  2. SueT

    SueT Chicken Obsessed

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO

    I have 4 hens and I started w 2 nest boxes made out of an old wooden fruit crate. Yes fake eggs help, some people use golf balls. Our girls used both boxes at first, but often everyone wants to use the same box. Later, due to one being broody, I got another wooden crate and now there are 4 nests. Currently they like to take turns using only one box! Ours are free range and come back to lay their eggs. If your setup appeals to them, then yours will too. It sounds like it should work just fine. I like your playhouse conversion idea!
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2016
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I used to use plastic basins as nest boxes, but when i started using grass clippings for bedding, they decided that they prefer to make their own nests in the bedding. Fine by me - i just removed the basins and let them get on with it.


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