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Why do curtains break egg laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by StarLover21, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Songster

    Oct 11, 2011
    Why do hanging curtains to make it dark break egglaying?
    Just wondering.

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    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.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    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.
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    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.

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