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Returning to the nest?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sfisher, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. sfisher

    sfisher Songster

    Jan 20, 2008
    Myrtle Beach
    I have read that free rangers will return their roost at night. But will they return to their nestbox in the day? Or will they pick out choice locations in the yard, to lay eggs?
  2. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    I think they will go back, as long as they dont get too far out.
  3. Nichole77

    Nichole77 Songster

    Jul 14, 2007
    Mine do but I only have a yard not acreage.
  4. raindrop

    raindrop Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
    Can depend on breed too, my OEGB I had as a kid would regularly "disappear" for a few weeks and then surprise... cute little chickies!
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing 11 Years

    Jan 20, 2007
    Yep, they will with the proper introduction to freedom.

    Once the flock knows where home is(that is 14 days in coop), then start by letting the flock out after Noon, to give most of the flock a chance to lay before they have freedom. I would continue this for at least 2 weeks, or a forever practice.

    Predators are around in the morning and this gives the flock some safety and laying training. My flock always come back to the coop and nests to lay later during the day, and then run back out to free range.

    Time spent keeping a close eye on the flock til they are a good functioning flock is worth the effort, it makes life so easy later.


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