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My hens are about 7 weeks old. I know they have a ways to go before laying, but I was wondering how you teach them to lay their eggs in the nest boxes?
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Yep. Just make it "comfortable" with something like hay in it about 3 or 4 inches deep.
You might want to put a couple of PLASTIC eggs in it.....but I don't think it's necessary.
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Chickens are pretty instinctive when it comes to where to lay their eggs. A few of mine were kinda of confused though so I did put in a white golfball - thanks to Izzabelle (my little rat terrier) who had found me one in the back yard one day. They climbed right in when they saw it.
 

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Thanks y'all ! I'm looking forward to seeing my first egg. I did get some plastic white golf balls just in case.
 

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I just made sure to keep them penned once they started laying, my girls automatically used the buckets I have set up for them. I did have issues with some girls laying in the wood piles and other shed so I have to make sure they are penned until they all layed then let them free range.
 

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Apyl said:
I just made sure to keep them penned once they started laying, my girls automatically used the buckets I have set up for them. I did have issues with some girls laying in the wood piles and other shed so I have to make sure they are penned until they all layed then let them free range.
another question. My youngsters are twenty weeks old. Should I lock them up for a week or two? I'm thinking it's time for some laying to start.
 
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