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I have a chicken that has just started laying.  She has laid 3 eggs so far, but all while perched on the roost and sleeping.  The eggs hit the coop floor and splatter in the poop below the roost.  Any tips on getting her to stop laying eggs during bedtime?  Is this something that she will grow out of?

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Egg laying is a whole lot of steps that have to come together in an assembly line  In the beginning some of the steps are still out of sync.  This is all new to the girls,and sometimes one of the things that can happen is that they don't know they're laying an egg - to them they're just sleeping on the roost and pooping.  Patience - they'll get it right!

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Egg laying is a whole lot of steps that have to come together in an assembly line  In the beginning some of the steps are still out of sync.  This is all new to the girls,and sometimes one of the things that can happen is that they don't know they're laying an egg - to them they're just sleeping on the roost and pooping.  Patience - they'll get it right!


Agreed! - its takes some chickens a while to get into the swing of things and nothing to worry about.

CT

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I have a chicken that has just started laying.  She has laid 3 eggs so far, but all while perched on the roost and sleeping.  The eggs hit the coop floor and splatter in the poop below the roost.  Any tips on getting her to stop laying eggs during bedtime?  Is this something that she will grow out of?

How are your nests set up?

Easy to get into and out of?

Some fake eggs and/or golf balls in there to show them where to lay?

Do you have older hens too?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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How are your nests set up?
Easy to get into and out of?
Some fake eggs and/or golf balls in there to show them where to lay?
Do you have older hens too?

My nests are easy access. She is my oldest hen, the others are still too young to lay. I started over with a new flock after a raccoon destroyed my whole flock last year. So, she has no older examples. I will try the golf ball trick, thanks!
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