My gals are laying and I'm finding eggs everywhere! I'm most concerned that they leave them lying in the yard in the snow, and I don't find them until they're frozen solid and cracked, or until I step on them (ick!!). Does it help to use some sort of nest box where they can focus their production? I know Vicki says she just piles a deep layer of straw in a corner of a stall, but since I don't have specific "stall" areas in my barn, I've "built" stalls by setting bales of straw and hay around specific areas I want them to use. The areas are also bedded in straw (with fresh straw on top each morning to cover up the wet and poopy stuff!). However, I've only found one egg (lightly covered by straw) on one occasion; they seem to wait until they go out in the morning before they lay. Should I just keep them in longer? Should I try to re-establish them in my old poultry shed (I could move out all the stuff I'm storing there.) It's only 6' x 8', but it's snug and secure, and I COULD put up a chainlink enclosure around it if necessary. That would help control where they go. However, what about the idea of nest boxes? Would they help?
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