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Hen Holding in Her Eggs?

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I have kind of a minor problem? My plymouth rock hen has a laying spot outside of the big chicken enclosure that we have and we've been trying to have her lay in the enclosure instead. Today we tried keeping her there but she ended up upset? Her wings were kind of out and she made weird noises while breathing heavily. I ended up letting her out and she made a beeline to her spot. After laying she was just fine! All the other hens adjusted just fine it's only her who MUST lay in a certain spot. Any tips on what to do?
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You could lock her in for a few days but it sounds like she stresses out. Is it a problem where she lays?
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Originally Posted by Jesusfreak101 View Post

You could lock her in for a few days but it sounds like she stresses out. Is it a problem where she lays?
It's not a huge problem and she ends up screeching horribly if we lock her in. Maybe her being the leader has something to do with her stressing like this?
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Not to my knowledge, i know there another person on here that hen crosses a high/busy road to lay her egg in a corn field they have on the other side lol some hens are more determined then others. All four of my hens that are laying all use the same box even through there are plenty of others they are creatures of habbit
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It's simply become a habit for her to lay in that spot, and chickens are powerful creatures of habit. She may be unhappy with not being able to get to her desired spot, but being unhappy does not harm her at all. If you want her to lay in the coop, you'll need to keep her confined there for a few days to reset her habit.

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #6 of 6

Try covering her spot with a box or something. Or, let her out but confine her to a small area and where she can get to the nesting boxes. 

 

It is hard to turn a blind ear to a distressed chicken.  Perhaps try confinng her and a couple/all of her friends to the coop until she adjusts.

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