I have Red Star hens this year, which started laying much younger than I expected (I had it marked down somewhere, but can't find it!) Anyway, I have been raising chickens, various breeds of dual purpose heavy hens, usually White Rocks, since 1970, and have never had any as stupid as these! They do lay nice big, brown eggs, including some double yolkers, and are supposed to lay well whether it's cold or hot weather, which is why I'm trying them. They are so DUMB they can't seem to figure out where to lay the eggs, dropping them all over in terrible places. One lays her eggs, right under the roost, in the poop. Does anyone know how to change these bad habits. This has never happened with any other breed. The coop and nests are exactly as they've been for years~~no unusual changes of anything.
We are also planning to take 3 hens with us, when we go down to Gulf Shores, AL, for the winter, and my S.O.'s daughter will take care of the rest. He's planning to build a little coop on wheels, as there are dogs around our small yard, so I won't be able to free range them. Does anybody know of an easy plan for a little coop on wheels for only 3 hens? Otherwise, he'll think of something.