Lockdown!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sheetmetalpete, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. sheetmetalpete

    sheetmetalpete Out Of The Brooder

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    My free ranging girls have taken advantage of their free ranging. Egg production has gone down over the last few days. Yesterday I found one nest behind some shrubs next to my house. I caught two different hens taking advantage of that particular next.

    In order to "get their minds right", they're in lockdown in their coop & run. How long should I confine them so they remember where to lay? I was thinking three days. Is that enough?
     
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    Good luck. Some hens never learn I free range most of my birds and more then half lay eggs all over the yard. I go egg hunting everyday.
     
  3. sheetmetalpete

    sheetmetalpete Out Of The Brooder

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    I hope I can break them. Mine spend a lot of time in the woods & brush to complicate egg hunting.
     
  4. equinelyn

    equinelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We started letting our hens free roam and eggs stopped showing up in the nest. Well a week or so later we found a nest of like 30 of them!!! We just started keeping the girls in until about noon. They usually have laid by then.
     
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