CAN MY HENS LAY INDOORS?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sierra Hughes, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Sierra Hughes

    Sierra Hughes In the Brooder

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    Seems like a crazy question! I have two silkie hens (at laying age) that I just purchased. Planning to add them to my flock after keeping them indoors for a couple weeks or so. They are in a huge dog crate (Great Dane size/ the biggest dog crate they make) I have a container in it with pine shavings.. thinking they'd lay if needed. My question is.... will they lay if they are inside like this?

    They go outside a few hours during the day too. ((But usually just munching on grass))

    Thank you!
     
  2. JaeG

    JaeG Free Ranging

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    Yes, they will lay but it may take them a week or so to get used to their new surroundings and feel comfortable enough to do so. They'll make a little nest in the shavings and lay their eggs just fine if they are old enough.
     
  3. Sierra Hughes

    Sierra Hughes In the Brooder

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    That is great to hear!!! Thank you for your help!
     
  4. Hens mostly lay in response to the hours of daylight. Usually there is little or no daylight inside of a dog crate.
     
  5. Sierra Hughes

    Sierra Hughes In the Brooder

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    I have them in a room with a sliding glass door, all lights on and curtains open. So I'm hoping that'll work. They'll only be inside for a couple weeks to make sure they are 100% well before letting them with the rest of my flock.
     

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