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So is everyday an Easter egg hunt?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Keith13, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Keith13

    Keith13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello. I plan to free range my hens. I have a tractor with nest boxes attached. Will the hens lay in the boxes or will they find spots in the yard to lay. Will I have to hunt my eggs everyday?

    Thanks,

    Keith
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    If you keep them locked in the tractor while they start laying (at least during the prime times of day) and they learn to lay in the boxes, they will usually go back to there to lay. Especially if that is where the food and water is. Of course it also depends on what sort of area it is and what is around they can hide eggs in, you want to try and be sure the nesting boxes are more inviting than what they find outside.
     

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