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Hens laying eggs around property ???

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Ok so i have 11 laying hens who usually free range from about 9 am until 7pm. Ive noticed a drop in egg production but many of them are currently molting so i didnt think much of it. Today while walking around the property i kept hearing a chicken pecking metal do i thought one got into the shed. I checked and none were in there. So then i lifted the top to my husband's generator trailer and sure enough my SLW was in there along with 2 eggs. Im not sure if they were hers or if others are also are using it. She flew out and was really upset with me. Do i just keep them all in the run for a few days? Im not sure who else may be laying eggs in another area hmm.png
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Yes, coop 'em up!

 

Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 3-4 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.

 

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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For the most part i don't have a big issue with this. Glaf i caught her tho
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