Laying spot question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by meshelley53, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. meshelley53

    meshelley53 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do hens lay in the same area on a regular basis?
    I ask because now that it is colder and gets dark at 5:30 I've going to let my hens free range during the day while I'm at work. They tend to be early afternoon layers so I don't really want to have to search my whole yard for the eggs they lay when I get home. Up to this point I have let them free range in the evenings after I got home from work and they had already laid for the day.
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They could continue to lay in the coop but chances are some will take the opportunity to find a "better" place. One you have to search high and low for. Once you find that spot and remove the eggs, she'll find another secret spot. I've got 3 EEs that will lay someplace different everyday if they are out at laying time. They rest go back to the coop.
     
  3. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long have they been laying?
     
  4. meshelley53

    meshelley53 Out Of The Brooder

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    The hens are all about year old. They have been in my coop for about 2 months.
    Yesterday I found two eggs in their normal laying spot but didn't search the yard for any others since I tend to only get a couple a day.
    (They normally use the litter box shown in my profile picture for laying)
     

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