I had 5, maybe 6 chooks go clucky. They were in the main chookpen and so the other eggs were being layed in the boxes and I had no idea what was what.
Last week Hubby said he'd build me some seperate nesting boxes in one of the netted pens and I could put them all out there. That way the eggs being layed in the main pen stay fresher, the cluckies aren't being bothered by other chooks crowding in on them and when chickens hatch they are in a safe pen. As it was the eggs were being sat on all day and were sometimes quite warm by the time they were collected.
He has done a wonderful job and I now have 6 seperate boxes. I have moved a few cluckies out there and they are now on fertile eggs. I did need to block their exit but as soon as they settle down, probably by tomorrow, the mesh will be removed and they will be able to get off for their food and water.
If this works I am thinking that I might end up with too many chooks but as I already have a couple of people asking me if I have any to sell I will now be able to say yes and not feel bad about selling my main layers.
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