Learned something today

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by slatts, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. slatts

    slatts Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 13, 2013
    My mixed flock of ten layers are at 6-1/2 months and laying well. I had been keeping them in the coop until noon or later because I was worried that they would lay in the woods if I let them out earlier. As an experiment I let them out at 7 am today. They all went out to range but each came dutifully into their nest box to lay. The last egg came around 3 pm. Ended up with 8 eggs. I will keep letting them out early until I find a good reason not to.
  2. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    You instinctively did the correct thing by cooping them up. It imprinted on them that the coop was "home", and their safe retreat. You will never have to worry about them not returning to it to lay and roost for the night. Good job!
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Yep, good call!
    It is possible that at some time they might start laying out in their range area.
    If they do, you now know what to do..... re-home them by confining until later in the day for a week or so.

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