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Brown leghorns

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PerfectPoultry, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. I have three brown leghorn hens. Got them when they were molting, each laid one egg, then they stopped and haven't laid an egg for at least 2-3 months. Today I locked one in a nesting box and she laid one...? Then I trapped another and she did... Why would they only do it if they're forced?
     
  2. Bullitt

    Bullitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure the hens aren't laying their eggs somewhere that you don't know about? Do you let them free range? Maybe they are laying their eggs in a secret spot.
     
  3. No, they do free-range, but I'm out there keeping a close eye. I know for sure they aren't.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Well there's no way trapping them in a nesting box forced them to lay. I'd say confine them all for a day or so and I'll bet you're getting eggs.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    At best the trapping in the nest box was coincidental to the 'start' of egg laying. I'm not a betting man, but I'll bet there is a hidden nest someplace.
     
  6. In a small run where would they lay them? They don't sit down anywhere... I'll just have to see if someone lays another egg today.
     

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