Does pecking order affect laying output?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Woolysheep, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. Woolysheep

    Woolysheep New Egg

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    My two oldest Hens are laying age. I know for certain that one (Henrietta)is laying. I am not sure about the other one(Penelope). Henrietta is a rather territorial and jealous bird and I am wondering if that is causing Penelope to not lay. At first I though one bird was laying one day and the other the next but we found Henny laying two days in a row. We have never found Penny on the nest.

    Does pecking order/ territory affect laying output? If so would adding a second nest help increase the output?
     
  2. antlers

    antlers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It woudl have to be really laid into for that like on the bottom of a 20 sting peck and just getting laid into day after day and alll day long. So much that it is takign a ophysical toll on the hen. With only 2 it is hard to imagine that this could be the case. My 2 cents worth.
     
  3. Woolysheep

    Woolysheep New Egg

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    The birds seem to get along ok. No major pecking other that what I would call mutual grooming in any other animal.
     

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