Beginner Layers vs. Old Pros

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bnkwhat, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. bnkwhat

    bnkwhat Just Hatched

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    Switching gears from quail to chickens, as a newbie I need more advice. I have 5 chicks that are 22-23 weeks old and are beginning to lay. I also have 3 older hens that have been laying for a couple of years. The problem is that a couple of the older hens aren't letting the younger ones in the coop to access the laying boxes so that they can lay. One of the hens sits outside the ramp and if a youg'un goes in the coop, she runs up and chases her out. I do have a door on the coop, so should I close the young hen in once she gets inside? I am not sure that they are being run out so the older ones can lay first, even though it is not time (of day) for them. Should I isolate the 2 older ones until the young ones are done? The 1st two of the 5 had no problem and lay without any problem from the elders. Will the young ones lay anywhere in the run/pen if they cannot get in the coop? Confused and concerned. Thanks in advance for your input.
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How long have the newbies been around?

    Might want to segregate the oldies.

    How big is your coop (feet by feet)?
     
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  3. bnkwhat

    bnkwhat Just Hatched

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    Newbies have been with the oldies since they were 16 wks (6-8 wks now). The coop is about 10' x 4'. It was a weird day for them. One oldie would not let them up until another oldie laid her egg (and she wasn't even in the coop yet). Once that happened, everything was fine and the newbies went up, laid their eggs, and no other problems. I am assuming now that its a seniority thing and the elders are just making them wait. I will find out tomorrow. The 2 newbies in question, this was both of their 1st eggs. I guess I am just overthinking this. Anyway, any suggestions if this continues too long. I don't want any complications due to the chicks not being able to lay when they are ready to get'er out.
     
  4. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Having multiple areas that they can lay can solve this. Perhaps a dog crate with nesting material for the younger ones can help. I have three separate nesting areas in my run and I can tell that certain hens lay in certain areas more regularly.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That's interesting...wonder if it will smooth out after awhile.
    New area for the newbies to win rights to maybe.
    I'd just observe for now, as long as no one's being beaten to a pulp.
     

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