Training Where To Lay Eggs

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mbshan08, May 29, 2012.

  1. mbshan08

    mbshan08 In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2012
    At how many weeks do i need to place an object in the nesting box for them to no where to lay eggs? And will they see this ball or fake egg and just auto. no where to start laying them?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I never used a fake egg, and mine chose the nesting boxes just fine, but at about 17 weeks of age, I keep them locked in the coop and attached run for about half of the day, letting them out when I get home after work, at 5pm.

    That way, they're done laying by the time I get home, so they don't find a secret hiding place to stash a nest outside, where I can't find it.
  3. heybarb

    heybarb Songster

    Mar 9, 2012
    North Carolina
    I was actually going to ask a similar question, as our chicks are free ranging. How do you teach them to lay eggs in the nesting boxes? Will a golf ball or fake egg work??
  4. CarlaS

    CarlaS In the Brooder

    Aug 13, 2011
    Our chickens are free ranged but locked in a coop at night. We place a fake egg into a few of our nesting boxes roughly a week before or around the time they should be beginning to lay eggs. We have never had problems with them not finding these.

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