Will they lay just in the coop or anywhere in the yard?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Renthorin, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. Renthorin

    Renthorin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2011
    Dexter Michigan
    I'm debating fencing in a large area of the property for them to play in. It has a lot of ground cover and fallen trees, etc. Will they nest out there in the bush or will they do so in the coop?

    If they will nest outside, is there a way to discourage that?

  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    First, establish the routine of laying. If you have good layers, that really like their box and lay on a routine, you'll have little issue. I have a light that comes on each morning at 5 am. This is year 'round. I'd like to think that it helps the hens establish a routine. All of them lay between 6:30 and 8:30, bang, bang, bang. By 9 am, they're quite "safe" to go outside to play, if I choose to let them out.

    I've had other breeds that were more inconsistent. However, they faithful returned to the coop, walked in, went into their nesting box and calmly laid their eggs, even in the afternoon.

    I think if they prefer to lay in their nesting boxes now, that won't change just because they have a larger playground.
  3. chickenlover96

    chickenlover96 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2011
    depends on the hen i have had them lay outside when they had easy accsess to a nesting box

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