Do chickens pout??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CodyChristine, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. CodyChristine

    CodyChristine Out Of The Brooder

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    I work outside the home three days a week and on those days, the chickens don't get out of their run to free range. They were in their coop/run all winter and were laying at almost 100% even through the cold cold spells of -20 below with a lamp on.

    Well, now that spring is here I let them out to free range on the days I am off work and they LOVE it! But - In the past week, I've noticed on days I let them out I am getting 4-6 eggs, but on days they don't get out, I'm lucky to get 2!

    So, I'm wondering - do chickens pout and slow down their laying?
     
  2. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
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    Yes they do. Anytime they feel uncomfortable, stressed or just plain fussy, they slow down laying. They're also champion whiners.
     
  3. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same problem.
     
  4. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep it's revenge, they know how much we love their eggs so they hold out when they don't get their way. At least mine do [​IMG]
     
  5. pinkfeather

    pinkfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could they be laying there eggs some where? [​IMG]
     
  6. CodyChristine

    CodyChristine Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Well, every now and then, I'll find an egg in the corner of the coop but otherwise, they're always in the nest. Even when they go out to free range, the ggirls always go back to the coop and lay their eggs.

    I've also noticed how much brighter the yolks are since letting them out to free range! YUM!
     

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