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Will chickens lay inside my house?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by amshizzle, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. amshizzle

    amshizzle Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens are currently living in my spare bedroom as we build their coops.
    They turned 19 weeks old today and I have been expecting eggs any day now.
    Their sister ducklets are now hens as they laid their first eggs yesterday.
    Will my pullets lay without a nesting box? Should I go ahead and add one in their temporary home?
    They will have their new home by Sunday but I am worried I am stunting their production or something...
    I may just be worrying too much!
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In such a situation I would provide a couple of cardboard boxes with straw/wood shavings. For the birds, your bedroom would not be different than a coop. Yes, they will lay in the house.
     
  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    To what nchis said, I would like to add that when a hen is ready to lay, she will lay. Her body does not know whether there is a nest available or not.

    Commercial layers don't have nests, they just lay their egg where they are standing. Their eggs roll into a tray for gathering.
     
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  4. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But, without a nest of some sort, eggs may get broken, be eaten by the pullets, and risk egg eating.
     
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    That's also true.
     

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