Now that my new flock of chickens was nearing 4 months old, it was time to move the nest boxes from the old chicken house to their new pen. Katherine helped me plant the fake, wooden eggs in the boxes to get the hens thinking about adding to the collection. This has worked surprisingly well on past flocks, even though we were too cheep to buy real wooden eggs. Round wooden balls are cheaper, and since none of these hens has ever seen an egg they don't seem to know the difference.
Three nest boxes was usually enough for my small flock, but with 25 hens this time, I need to make a few more. If an expectant hen finds no room in the inn, she'll lay eggs on the floor- a hard habit to break. I should still have a few weeks before my first egg, though.