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Eggs stuck to rump feathers

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I saw a thread from 2013 on this subject but didn't find any solutions so I am restarting a thread.
I couldn't figure out why one of my hens would lay in the nest for over an hour and then jump out "expelling" the egg on the hen house floor. I got my answer today. Three nests had hens in them (one being my problem layer) so I decided to watch. Hen #1 puffed up, stood up and layed her egg, left the nest and went outside. Hen #2 did the same thing. Hen #3, puffed up (stayed laying) and then stood up. I couldn't see an egg so I blocked her from exiting the nest. She turned around and there it was, stuck to her rump feathers. Reasoning tells me, she stays laying down when the egg comes out, as the bloom dries, it keeps the eggs stuck to her rear, when she exits the nest, the first hop sends the egg crashing to the floor. I don't want to trim her Downey butt feathers so I am hoping to find a solution to this problem. It seems that the bloom on very smooth shelled eggs tends to be sticky. I have one blue layer that has a rougher textured shell and the bloom is not sticky.
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Good investigative skills, thanks for the information. Can't help you, but it's a nice thing to know.
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http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 3

I bet I read the same thread, and think it answered my question about why I found one of my older layers eggs on the floor occasionally.

 

Not sure there is an solution, other than trimming butt feathers, or that it's even really a problem.

 

I know that some birds have a much more copious and/or thicker bloom that seems to take longer to dry.....

......and some seem to have hardly any bloom at all regardless of whether the shell is smooth or rougher. 

 

Sorry, no pat answer for you...just some thoughts.

One thing I've learned with chickens, there are a lot of 'anomalies' that defy logic or control.


Edited by aart - 10/22/15 at 4:53am

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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