I like to let my chickens free range.
However, of course they spend the night in the coop, and I let them outside during the day.
Supposedly, hens are pretty much done with their egg laying at about 10 in the morning, so if you let them out after that they won't be laying their eggs all over the place.
Well--not my guys. I have been letting them out later and later, and have gotten to 2 in the afternoon, and there they are, sitting on their nests. Quite a few have not yet laid their eggs.
Am I doing something wrong?
My husband has been leaving the light on in the coop fairly late at night, mainly to give them a chance to eat after they have been 'cooped up' and fed. Perhaps if we turned the light out earlier, do you think?
This is very inconvenient, and not nice for the hens, really, because then they don't get to wander about and peck around so much.
Any thoughts appreciated. At this rate, I'll be letting them out right about time to let them in.
Of course, they may just be doing it to be irritating. Children do stuff for this reason. Why not hens?