Training Hens Where To Lay

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jessied1227, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. jessied1227

    jessied1227 Songster

    Mar 31, 2007
    East Brady, PA
    Okay, this morning, as I was dragging out wood to work on the run, I can across a huge stash of eggs. [​IMG] 12 perfect brown eggs, all deposited neatly in between 2x4's and under an old screen door. I left them there until I saw the hen go in to lay, and as soon as she went in and got all comfy, I removed her to the coop and then cleared out the eggs. I left her in the coop until she layed, and then let her out to free range with the other girls.
    This got me curious, so I pretty much moved and repiled all the wood and some of the scrap pieces the hubby is saving for God knows what, and I came across another deposit if eggs, but 5 this time.
    So, 17 eggs found out and around the wood pile and scrap piles. How the heck do I get them to stop laying out there? I've been getting 7-9 eggs a day from my girls, who are all 22 weeks old, but obviously, I should be getting more. [​IMG]

    Any ideas?
  2. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    If you leave the girls out at night abd not moved the eggs, you would have had 13 to 17 baby chicks. your hens are trying to go broody on you.
    Hiding the eggs is their way trying to reproduce. Remember back to those days when all children tried hiding from their parents, well that is what your hens are doing. Even if you dn't have a roo, hens will still go broody.
  3. jessied1227

    jessied1227 Songster

    Mar 31, 2007
    East Brady, PA
    Well, my roo is only 8 weeks old, so they weren't fertile. [​IMG] She didn't fuss too awful much when I took her off the eggs, I hope she's not going broody. [​IMG] The culprit is one of my black sex links. Are they an overly-broody breed?
  4. Blondie

    Blondie Songster

    Have you tried putting golf balls or plastic eggs in their nests? That way the can get the idea that they should lay eggs there.

  5. beebiz

    beebiz Songster

    Jul 2, 2007
    W. Tennessee
    Have you tried putting golf balls or plastic eggs in their nests?

    On that note, have any of you ever tried using the multi-colored, plastic eggs that kids get at Easter time?? If so, did it seem to work??

    My BO's are young and have started laying sporadically. But, they don't lay in the nests. They tend to lay in the hen yard whenever the "mood" stikes them! Or they will drop them from the highest perch on the roost poles! And since we have a few of the plastic Easter eggs, my wife and I were wondering if they would help the hens to know where to make their "deposits!"

    Also, just before they lay, do young hens/pullets, know what's going on?? Or, do the eggs sometimes catch them off guard and make a "surprise appearance??"

  6. Nyna

    Nyna Songster

    Jul 3, 2007
    Western Montana
    My hens know where their boxes are and they still lay out in the yard somewhere in bushes or something. I just think they like it better. el naturel. I found out it helps if I leave them in the coup till noon or so and then let them free range, most of them have laid by then and I get more. [​IMG]

    SHELLY Songster

    May 7, 2007
    Southwest Missouri
    I used some light blue plastic eggs from Easter to convince my girl to lay where I wanted her to. It worked just fine. I did fill it up with dirt so it would be heavier.

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