We have nest boxes. Now what?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jennyhaschicks, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    Well we have our nest boxes up and have straw in them. My oldest birds who are white leghorns are 13 weeks old so they won't be laying for a few more weeks.
    My question is how do they know they are supposed to lay the egg in the nest box? Is there something I need to be doing so they know?
    I'm sorry for my ignorance. I am new. [​IMG]
     
  2. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    You can put some golfballs in there to give them some idea, but they somehow just know.
     
  3. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    I have a few egg gourds. They really are the shape and size of eggs, but weigh next to nothing. Could I use them instead of golf balls?
     
  4. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I don't see why not. All they need is something to sit on that feels like an egg. We used plastic golf balls which weighed nothing too.
     
  5. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's amazing how they just know. I never put anything in the boxes and they just went to them to lay their eggs.

    Good luck
     
  6. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2008
    Maine
    Ok then I guess I will just watch in the nest boxes. The only bird interested in the boxes so far is my cockerel. They are born NOSY! Well mine was anyway.
    I can't wait until I get an egg.[​IMG]
     
  7. Ladysonja

    Ladysonja Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Good Luck with your girls, I read that golf balls work and will try it myself if my girls have are confussed - [​IMG]

    Let us know when you get one!
     
  8. rufus

    rufus Overrun With Chickens

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    They will sit on just about anything that is round. Old door knobs, light bulbs and golf balls. My dad used to pass the time whittling wooden eggs for the hens.

    That said, my hens still won't lay in their nest. They find the oddest places to lay.

    Rufus
     
  9. Kesta

    Kesta Pie Crust Malfunction

    Jul 31, 2008
    houston tx
    try a plastic easter egg if you want weight just put a few rocks or something in it. but be sure to tape it shut otherwise theyll peck it open i know mine did;)
     
  10. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All the above advice is great...I'll add one more thing.

    You might want to consider blocking off the boxes for a few more weeks until they are closer to laying age to make sure they don't decide the boxes look better for sleeping than laying eggs.

    It's hard to break them of the habit of sleeping in the nest boxes and you'll end up with really dirty eggs.
     

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