Should I have next boxes in my coop if my chickens are free range?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 3littlechickies, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. 3littlechickies

    3littlechickies Chirping

    Jun 29, 2013
    Castro Valley, CA

    Should I not put a next box in my coop since they won't be in there all day? Should I put some kind of next box outside for them and one in the coop? Or just one outside? My dog might eat eggs so that is why I am asking! Thanks so much! [​IMG]
  2. Krazzy

    Krazzy In the Brooder

    Jun 27, 2013
    i would put nest boxes in the coop. there is a good chance they will return to the coop to lay, but you might also find random egg piles on your property if they are free range.
  3. chippysmom327

    chippysmom327 Songster

    Nov 26, 2012
    Apollo, PA
    Put your nest boxes in the coop.

    Mine are free range, and I just added a new hen to my flock. I sat her in the coop, then let her walk out into the yard. That day when I came home there was an egg in the nest box from her. Mine return to the coop to lay.

    ETA: If they are pullets about to lay for the first time, put some plastic eggs (or even some golf balls) in the nest boxes to show the girls that that's a good place to lay.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2013

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