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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cindytyner9, Aug 22, 2016.
I got my first egg today! My girls are 24 weeks today!!!
Congratulations!!! It's always so exciting. I never get tired of going down to check the boxes to see who's laid me an egg and our girls are almost a couple of years old now. Enjoy it!
So I have three eggs now!! Problem is my girls free range through the backyard and I am finding them in the flower beds. How or what should I do to get them to do to lay their eggs in the nesting box?
It is so hot here I feel they are better off free ranging in the back yard!
I feel like I am on an Easter egg hunt!!
Mine don't free range as I have tiny bantams and there are lots of cats around us, including our neighbour's gorgeous birman cat who is a very good hunter, so I don't have that problem. You could post on Chicken Behaviours and Egglaying under the Raising Backyard Chickens section of the forum for some ideas.
Maybe leave them in the coop until they lay their eggs, then let them out to free range. Chicken like to lay where it is quite, dark and low to the ground.
If you don't have egg decoys in the nestboxes already, then add them. Chickens naturally like to lay their eggs where they see others have done so...less work for them to find an appropriate nesting site.