Our hens are faithful egg layers. We’re up to about 6 dozen eggs a week, and have 15 girls laying at the moment. (Two went broody) Rarely have I ever found an egg outside of the coop or nesting box area. I think a rat or mysterious pest may have carried one or two off in the past, but typically if they’ve laid an egg it’s in their nesting boxes. That is until I placed an opened bag of wood chips in their coop area so it would stay dry and available for when I need to change out the material in their actual boxes.
Our Easter Eggers have decided to change things up a bit and lay their eggs here, instead of the boxes of which we have 6 openings available.
Has anyone else ever wondered why, when you do have 6 nesting boxes, they all want to lay their eggs in one or two? I’m guessing that way, if someone else gets the hankering to go broody, their offspring will be included. Would you consider that smart or lazy?