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My chicken laid 9 eggs today

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I have two young backyard chickens.  Layla, a Buff Orpington, is about 7 months old.  Lola is about 6 months old.  We are new to the chicken world-in fact our town doesn't allow backyard chickens but we have great neighbors!

 

I let the chickens out of their run this afternoon and them immediately heard Layla "purring and cooing".  I came inside and googled "first time a chicken lays an egg".  When I saw her walking about the yard with Lola, I went to where she was laying.  I don't think I can explain how surprised I was to see a whole nest of eggs.  She left me 9 eggs.  I call her Superchickie now.

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Welcome to BYC, no chicken can lay more than two eggs in a day the world record layer laid 366 on a non leap year they didn't count double yolkers as more than one egg just each shell, she has been hoarding the eggs from you for a while.

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How can a chicken hoard eggs?
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She has not been hoarding them.  She made a nest in the backyard in the afternoon as soon as I let them out of their coop-she ran to an area with a lot of pine needles and made a nest.  Then proceeded to lay and make weird noises-never heard them before. About 20 minutes later, she was back walking around the yard with her sister.  I scooped-poop earlier (have a chocolate lab) outside when they were in their coop/run and the eggs were not there.  Strange.

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No chicken can lay 9 normal eggs in one day for various reasons. Their bodies just don’t create enough egg material in a day to make that many eggs, whites and especially shell material. An egg spends over half a day in her shell gland getting the shell put on. There isn’t enough room in there for that many eggs. If there are a couple of eggs in there together, which does happen sometimes, the eggs normally come out with flattened sides or scars on them. The second one is often very thin-shelled or shell-less with just two. They are usually not normal in some way.

She’s just better at hiding a nest than you are at finding it, in spite of your pooper scooper efforts.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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Of course you could have a prankster in your neighborhood.  Or some feral chickens visiting.  I did have a BSL who laid 2 rubber eggs within 5 minutes of each other, followed by one normal egg late the next day, so technically, 3 eggs in one 24 hour period.  But, I agree, not possible for a hen to lay 9 eggs in a day.  

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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