Weird egg laying behavior

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by lbartsch, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. lbartsch

    lbartsch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my 6 month old RIR started laying earlier this month, which is awesome. But she lays her eggs at like 10:30 or 11am and in the weirdest places, which stinks. First of all I sometimes can't find them or she lays them in our neighbor's yards. Second, she lays them at a time when no one is home and egg-stealing birds, mice or other creatures can come get them. Any ideas how to solve this problem?

    Thanks.
    Lynn
     
  2. nickie

    nickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most people recommend keeping them cooped when girls come into laying, that way they know the coop is where the nests are and head back there when they feel the urge. I use golf balls in my nests which helped them figure out (most of them at least) a nest, not a corner is a good spot to lay.

    BTW, my rir didn't start laying first thing in the morning until she was a month in.
     
  3. lbartsch

    lbartsch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is really good to know that your hen didn't start laying first thing in the morning right away. I leave them closed in the coop (with food and water) until kind of late in the morning so once she starts laying first thing, she'll have no choice but to lay there. I'll try the golf balls too. Thanks again!
     

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