Fake 'Em Out - Encouraging New Layers To Use Nesting Boxes

| 8/26/2012 10:03:43 AM

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by Lisa Steele from Fresh Eggs Daily 

We all make mistakes when it comes to raising chickens. Sometimes we just don't know any better, sometimes we forget, sometimes we make a bad judgment call, other times it's just bad timing.  My most recent mistakee was a case of bad timing.

A week or two ago, the chicks I hatched in March were approaching laying age (21-22 weeks old) and had started checking out their options.  Usually a few weeks before they start laying, pullets will start to investigate the nesting boxes, sometimes even sitting in them to get used to the idea.  I found several eyeing the various baskets and boxes in the coop.

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So what did I do ? I closed up the old coop and moved everyone into the new coop I had just finished building. 

Jeannie Box
8/28/2012 8:09:27 PM

Currently I don't have any chickens - I just don't have a place for them here - but I do enjoy reading about them here. Back in the 70's I raised "Domineckers" as my Granny called them & enjoyed every minute of it. Granny used the now antique solid glass eggs to get hens laying where she wanted them to. One night a rat snake got into the coop and gorged on eggs that hadn't yet been gathered. However, after swallowing one of the solid glass ones we found a "good" snake outside the hen house the next morning! Maybe one of these days I'll be able to get back to my Chickens....

8/28/2012 8:05:45 PM

My old girls never had a problem finding the nest. My new little ones roll the rocks and plastic eggs out of the box and sit and lay beside it! Hopefully the new winter coop will solve the problem with large built in nesting boxes.

Victoria OSteen
8/28/2012 6:56:03 PM

Another great blog! My hens are only 4 eggs in but only the first one was found on the ground. The rest have been in the outdoor nest boxes that are copycats of yours! :) I often read people saying that you "get over" the whole egg collecting thing but I dont see that EVER happening to me. It is amazing!

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