Rehab foe caged leghorns

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gailaus2, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. gailaus2

    gailaus2 New Egg

    Dec 30, 2011
    We just adopted 2 lehorns that were kept in a cage for the sole purpose of laying eggs. We introduced them to our 3 Golden Comet girls and the leghorns are very bossy, pecking the Comets every chance they get, especially at the feeder.
    How do we best rehab them and/or teach them to lay the eggs in the nesters instead of the dirt as they are doing?
    Also, they don't know how to go up the ramp to the coop at night. We have been carrying up there.
    They are very skittish and unapproachable. Can they re-learn behavior? Can they calm down? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    We thought we did the right thing, but our Golden Comet girls are suffering because of it. They are so friendly and sweet compared to the nervous leghorns.
  2. confusedbanti

    confusedbanti Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 5, 2010
    Quote:Leghorns are bossy and noisy. They will eventually get inside the coop get up on the Roost and lay in the nest area by learning from the Golden Comets. It will take a while. When we introduced leghorns into our flock it took a looooooong 4 weeks (!!) for everyone to settle down and settle in. [​IMG]
    Don't give up. You did a NICE thing buy adopting the 2 ladies [​IMG]
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Leghorns by nature are flighty and easy to spaz out. They make ME nervous when I watch them or have to deal with them.

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