Will they use the nest boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Oscgrr, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Oscgrr

    Oscgrr In the Brooder

    May 14, 2010
    Cape Cod
    I built two nest boxes with two nest each on either side of the coop. They have a hinged roofs so I can open them from outside the coop and retrieve the eggs, when they start laying. I don't expect eggs until October at the earliest. After the fall harvest and everybodies gardens are used up, I'll let my chickens free range for more than the couple of hours before dusk they get now but... When they start laying will they return to the coop and use the boxes or will they just drop an egg wherever they happen to be? I know there's no absolute answer but is there a tendancy?

    I was rather surprized to see that every night, just as it starts to get dark, they come home and march right into the coop and go to "bed." I go out and check on them, count heads, put their food in the coop, freshen the water and lock them up. When it's time to shut them in for the night, they're very cooperative. Are they usually as cooperative when it comes to laying? Do I need to keep them confined in the run (it's attached to the coop) until a pattern is established? I'd hate to have to search the woods for eggs or to have the eggs laying around giving the wrong idea to any potential predators.
  2. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    I dont know how all chickens do but I got my first 2 eggs yesterday and they went right to the nesting boxes [​IMG]
  3. KBChicks

    KBChicks Songster

    Apr 21, 2010
    Between 16 & 18 weeks one night I put a plastic eggs in each nest box..(with a small candle in it to make it weigh about the same as a regular egg)....No eggs from my chicks the next morning...

    After some thought I realized the candles were scented and the girls may not like that....so the second night we took the plastic eggs out and stuck 2 golf balls in each nest....

    The next morning we had our first 2 beautiful brown eggs...

    I hope something similar works for you!
    Best of luck![​IMG]

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