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Free ranging egg laying madness

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by brandola, May 26, 2016.

  1. brandola

    brandola Out Of The Brooder

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    So we have noticed the past few weeks that egg production has been down. Figured it out yesterday afternoon. (They free range all day, or did until today) 25 eggs in all....
     
  2. brandola

    brandola Out Of The Brooder

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    25 eggs gone.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Gone where? Are they out there somewhere? Or did something take them?
     
  4. brandola

    brandola Out Of The Brooder

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    Threw them to the pigs. Didn't know how old they were.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Lock 'em up!!

    Free range birds sometimes need to be 'trained'(or re-trained) to lay in the coop nests, especially new layers. Leaving them locked in the coop for 3-4 days can help 'home' them to lay in the coop nests. Fake eggs/golf balls in the nests can help 'show' them were to lay. They can be confined to coop 24/7 for a few days to a week, or confine them at least until mid to late afternoon. You help them create a new habit and they will usually stick with it. ..at least for a good while, then repeat as necessary.
     
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