Mike Jay wrote:I just did an Easter egg hunt in the woods and found nothing. The first clutch of eggs I found was right by the house. I swiped them and they haven't put any more there. When I found those, I installed the nest boxes, I put ceramic eggs in two boxes and showed them to three of the larger hens. No dice. I added a nest box on the floor and they haven't used it yet either. It's supposed to be rainy this weekend, maybe I'll keep them locked in the coop/run for a few days to see what happens.
I don't know if this is a problem but I'm using 5 gallon buckets as nest boxes (as seen on the internet).
Maybe I'll search some more in the yard....
James Freyr wrote:
I have also experienced the opposite- a chicken getting "caught off guard" and plopping an egg out in the grass. I was walking up to the coop, chickens all around me, I reached in to get the empty feeder, and I turned around and there was an egg on the ground that wasn't there 10 seconds earlier. I like to think that the hen was thinking "wait! that wasn't a turd!"
James Freyr wrote:Heh!! :) Funny. I don't know Nicole, I'm sure anything is possible. The only time I find what seems to be a rather large pile of poop in the nesting box is when a hen spends the night in there instead of on a roosting bar. Do ducks prefer to roost up off the ground like chickens do or have preferred sleeping places? I don't really know much about ducks. I have friends who have ducks and they're fun to watch. For me, the entertainment value alone is reason enough to have ducks :)