Nice! I think the appearance may increase your property value. What does the inside look like and how is it working?
Very nice coop. What are the dimensions and how many chickens are you keeping in it? Like the previous post I would like to know what the inside looks like and if you have more photos. Thanks for sharing!
The coop's dimensions are 8' X 10' with cedar shake siding and an architectural composition roof which match our homes roof. The inside is equipped with running water, a utility sink, lights and electrical outlets throughout. There are 6 nesting boxes and several perches throughout. I have 14 hens (Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Araucanas and Sex Links) and 1 rooster (Rhode Island Red). I originally had two roosters and I gave one away to keep peace. My hens lay an average of 8 to 10 eggs a day, even in the cold weather. My birds usually roost at night on the trusses and window edges.My wife and I are new to raising chickens and are having a blast. We sell the eggs to friends and family to help pay for the feed.I will try to post more pictures in the future...
Can anyone help us out here? Our chickens have started laying eggs, but instead of laying them in the boxes that are made for them they're laying them on the ground, stepping on them which causes them to break, and then eating them. Is there any way that we can teach them to lay the eggs in the boxes? Anyone who wants to give a comment is welcome to do so. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks a bunch.
Putting false eggs ino the nest (wooden, ceramic - even a golf ball) should encourage them to lay in the nest boxes. They also seem to prefer darker secluded nests so it may help to reposition your nestboxes if they are in a bright area (or even if they are in a drafty area). I had a little bit on egg eating in the April Newsletter (archives are available at http://www.keepingchickensnewsletter.com)Sometimes they just get a taste for it - usually by accident (an egg drops or breaks, and they automatically eat it). It can be a problem to persuade an egg eating hen to stop - most methods involve some kind of trickery (false wooden or ceramic eggs, or lacing them with something bad tasting).
Sometime ago I read in your Keeping Chickens Newsletter about using the golf balls. They work beautifully I had a couple of hens pecking away at their eggs, just breaking the shell and leaving them. Since the golf balls were set in the nests, they stopped. Had some hens laying eggs among the fruit trees on the property, solution: I added more boards in front of the nests and added more straw, they use their nests all the time now. Be well, laugh a lot. Paddy Flynn.
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