What do you put in a chicken coop for chickens to lay eggs?
Be sure to provide them enough calcium in their diet to keep a steady flow of eggs. Besides a high-quality feed, you might consider mixing crushed oyster shells in a cup of of feed. Or even placing a cup of oyster shells in the coop for the chickens to eat when they need it.
What do chickens like to lay their eggs on?
As I mentioned, chickens like private, dark spots to lay their eggs. Hanging curtains across the front of your nesting boxes can entice your hens to use the boxes. Curtains can also help to encourage a broody hen if you’re trying to get one of your hens to sit on eggs to hatch them.
How many nesting boxes do I need for 6 chickens?
A good rule of thumb is to provide one nesting box per 4-6 hens.
How do you encourage chickens to lay eggs in nesting boxes?
Tips to get hens to lay in nest boxes
- Collect the eggs regularly.
- Provide the right number of nest boxes.
- Use safe fake eggs to train the hens.
- Make the boxes clean and comfortable.
- Block areas that are the wrong nesting spots.
Should you put anything in a nesting box?
The nesting box must be the correct height for the birds that will use it. It needs to face the right way. Don’t put anything in your bird box (birds are clever an resourceful enough to build their own nest). Don’t put nesting boxes too close to each other.
Are grass clippings OK for chickens?
A: No, grass clippings would be bad for your flock. … Don’t offer grass clippings to your chickens unless they are very finely mulched, and even then offer just a scattered handful at a time.
How do I know when my chickens are ready to mate?
If your hens are laying eggs, they are ready to be mated. Presuming your rooster is old enough to be sexually mature (5 – 6 months or so), he is likely mating your hens when you are not around.