Ready to Lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CatsCrazyCoop, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. CatsCrazyCoop

    CatsCrazyCoop Chirping

    Jun 1, 2011
    Putnam Valley, NY
    So, my girls are about 21 weeks (ish) and I just opened up their nesting boxes... will I know when they are going to start laying?
    ...or how will they know to go in the nesting boxes to begin laying?

    Do I need to do anything specific? I thought I saw put a golf ball in the nesting box? I may have dreamt that though - hard to tell the difference these days.


  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Put a golf ball or fake egg in each nest and you'll see them start to check out the nest a few days before and even sit in them a while.
    Make sure the nests have soft comfy bedding. Almost anything works, shavings, hay, grass clippings, excelsior mats, etc..
  3. kidcody

    kidcody Crowing 7 Years

    Yes, putting a fake egg gives the girls the right idea. There combs will turn bright red and they may even squat for you when you reach to pet them. Then its just a matter of days!
  4. bustermommy

    bustermommy Songster

    Apr 16, 2011
    And listen for the egg song! bok, bok, bok, bagok!!

  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Songster

    Sep 27, 2010
    I used golf balls and put a curtain in front of the boxes, they go inside now with no issues, when you peek under the curtain to see if they are inside, they BOK really loud at you to get out! Its funny! You may have to keep them on lock down for a few extra hours a day till they finish laying....if you ever find secret nests around the yard (I did and this is how I broke mine of it) By noonish, they mostly have laid all the eggs for the day...

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