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Thu 4-Mar-10
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jojo2007

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Ok guys i know i post on here a lot, but you all give such good advice and i dont know anyone else with chickens to ask! My 2 girls have small run and hut at the bottom of the garden. Inside their 'indoor' bit i just put straw down on the floor (it is raised up above the run accessed by a ramp) It is pretty small in there compared to their outdoor area. What exactly should be in the 'indoor' area? As they have never laid yet and are about 10/11 months old im wondering if im doing something wrong. I know bigger hen houses have nest boxes and perchs but as ive only got 2, is straw on the floor enough? It is triangle shaped so i dont think there would be room to fit in nest boxes. Is there anything else i can do to encourage them to lay? Is there such a thing as hens that DONT lay??? Am i unlucky enough to have got 2? I know the answer is to wait and see but how long should i wait as they are getting on a year old! They are a fair old size now and look the part..... just dont seem upto the job!

Fri 5-Mar-10
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JoannaS
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We tagged a bit extra onto the back of a box for ours to nest in when we had chickens. It was quite easy to do. Maybe others have more suggestions or helpCheers

Fri 5-Mar-10
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We have an ark (like you) and a chicken house. Sometimes the hens lay eggs in the ark.

Your hen will start laying very soon. I always reckon on waiting a year for eggs - so I'm not disappointed.

Thu 11-Mar-10
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Hi jojo, I wouldn't worry that you are doing anything wrong, it's just the time of year, I only got my first egg of the year two days ago, so I would say if they are happy they would start to lay any time now.

Just keep them happy, as an un-happy hen will not lay eggs often.

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Bet that egg tasted good Tascar - nothing like the first egg of the year.    WellDone

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Thu 11-Mar-10
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danast, not only do they taste very good, what I like even more is Matilda (the hen) eats most of my slugs in the veggie plot for me as well, good conversion to food for us. Magic

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