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Woo hoo! First ever eggs but...

12 replies

Berrie · 21/04/2008 20:05

How can we persuade them to lay them in the nice convenient nest box rather than at the back of the main house?

We didn't put straw down yesterday in the main house in the hope that it might deter her but no luck.

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NutterlyUts · 21/04/2008 20:13

Decoy eggs?

TheDuchessOfNorksBride · 21/04/2008 20:48

Newly laying hens may just need practice - leave the main house bedding free, keep the nest box cosy and give them a few days.

As nutterly says, you could use decoy eggs to 'show her the way'. If you don't have china or rubber decoy eggs, golf balls will do!

Have you eaten the egg yet?

honeybrown · 21/04/2008 20:49

Mine took a week or so to work out that the nest boxes were far cosier to lay in! I'd go with a china eggs/ couple of golf balls left in to demonstrate! Good luck!

Berrie · 21/04/2008 21:03

I had to go out tonight at tea time so the rest of the family enjoyed it. I did crack it though, it had a double yolk

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aefondkiss · 22/04/2008 13:30

it is great when they start laying, our first egg was laid just beside our front door, which was very convenient for us, but the hens soon started laying in their house.

tortoiseSHELL · 22/04/2008 15:00

When they start laying I think the egg can take them by surprise! THe nest box should be the darkest part of the house, and you could put some decoy eggs in but tbh I think they'll just get the idea!

Berrie · 22/04/2008 15:25

Ah, darkness could be a problem...might need to seal up some the cracks between the house and the nest box.
The egg was not in the house at all today!

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Berrie · 22/04/2008 15:45

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Berrie · 22/04/2008 15:45

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Berrie · 22/04/2008 15:45

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Madlentileater · 22/04/2008 18:59

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Berrie · 22/04/2008 19:48

Tee hee, Ds has been at the laptop. How did he manage to post though?

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