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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by StarLover21, Feb 12, 2012.
Why do hanging curtains to make it dark break egglaying?
Never heard of this. I've read of using it to try to stop egg eating. Keeping a bird in a dark room will slow or stop laying, as used in something like an eggbound chicken, but unless she stays in the nest all the time, a curtain over a nest box wouldn't.
Curtains over the nest boxes may help with egg eating - hanging curtains over the windows MIGHT serve to shorten the exposure to daylight thereby reducing egg production. I'm not quite sure exactly what you are referencing.
Another possibility: If you just recently put the curtains up over the nest boxes, chickens hate change - any change. So they will not lay until they adjust to the change. Usually it's about a week and they get back to normal.