Breeding pens--separating hens for egg collection

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mrs. Mucket, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. Mrs. Mucket

    Mrs. Mucket Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    Does anyone who is selecting traits from specific hens keep a breeding group together most of the time and then isolate a hen when collecting eggs to hatch? The breeding group (one roo and several hens) shares a coop and run. I'd like to let the hens go outside as much as possible. The only thing I can think of is to put the hen in a cage at night and let her out after she's laid an egg. And repeat and repeat every night and day. Any better ideas?

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