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FreeRanging.......does it increase egg production?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mtnhomechick, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    I was busy for two days and didn't have time to watch my girls range. Consequently, they didn't get out. I had fewer eggs when they didn't range.

    Does this seem right?


  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Not really. It was a change for them and some may have taken the day off. I really don't see a big differance with mine. I free range them but they are still fenced in. I have part of my corn field fenced in. After they have worked it over I will fence in another part and let them range that part. I work nights and sleep days.
  3. justhatchin

    justhatchin Songster

    Jul 5, 2008
    Galva, Kansas
    When your chickens free range they are happier and possibly get more protein-bugs. Also greens maybe not in your run.

    Yes it makes a difference with mine.
  4. I have noticed that weather more than anything else is the determining factor in the number of eggs the hens give up. They must have some kind of built in barameter or something. Probably a genetic hand me down from centuries of evolution. If if is going to get really nasty outside, I have noticed only a few eggs. During the summer months it is when it is going to rain or even a cold evening.
    I also noticed the bantams have stopped being thier broody little selves. Also, I have noticed that they are eating a whole lot more than in the summer months. This is why I worm them in the fall about this time. I am going through feed much more often. Sure glad the stuff came down in price !!

    One other thing I have noticed. They are in the barn and roosting at least an hour before the sun is down. During the summer months those little turds were out almost to the point of darkness.
    Now when i shoosh them to the wire mesh stalls they pretty much give it up right away.

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