Free Range Drawback

Hi there keepers, just a quick post today, and it’s about the one main drawback of letting your hens free range, I am having trouble finding theirs nests all the time, as the weather has changed recently, basically is now very wet, the girls have moved nests again, the only one who is laying in the same spot is Manuella the Minorca, she lays under the coop, where it stays dry all day long, whereas the others have taken to moving their nests to a place I cannot find.

I suspect it they are in the mass of undergrowth that line the banks of the creek, however after seeing the lengths that Nancy went to, in order to conceal her nest, I could be searching for a long time. Sad as it may sound, but I think I may have to rein them in a bit, afterall we are keeping them for their eggs, and at present we are only getting one a day.

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2 Responses

  1. i can see this in my future now. the chickens were out all day yesterday and had a blast. they can’t wait to get out of the movable coop now. at least the kids should have fun finding their nests.

  2. If you provide a nesting area, most of the time they will find, and use it. I use 55 gallon plastic barrels with a hole cut in the side, and the bottom filled with straw.

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