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Random egg found on ground?

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I have four chickens that are over a year old now. They all kind of went through a mini molt when they are around 9 months not a full-on molt. My lead hand my biggest hen looks like she is molting right now. She has lost a lot of feathers. I also have 6 Baby Buff orpingtons with them and they are around 9 weeks old. They are in a very secure run with bird netting on top. I went into the run today to clean it up and fill the water and feed and I noticed a random egg laying on the ground? The chicken who ever laid it I guess did not make it to the nesting box? It has just been over a week with the new additions to the coop.
could this mean that the new additions are causing the hens to not want to go in the nesting boxes to lay? I think the egg that was laying randomly was the hen that is molting right now.
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I think it's just an "oops" egg...I find them every once in a blue moon around here.  Maybe it was an egg that passed super easily (more like a bowel movement feeling), and so there was not the normal urge/pushing involved that goads them into finding a nest???  That's my hypothesis anyway.

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Well no issues since then so all is good. I think the little ones are throwing off the big girls. I still have to gO out and put the small ones on the roost bar at night sometimes. They are adjusting pretty well though.
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It's probably just a accident. My first egg was placed randomly. I guess it was an easy egg!

You're a real chicken owner when you've spent the evening scrubbing the water holder because you left for a month,  to the point that the sponge turned green and your fingers got wrinkled as a chickens legs,when the bottom of your pants are soaking wet while the chickens are dry as the food box that you work so hard to keep dry. But if you are a real chicken owner you know it's worth it.
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You're a real chicken owner when you've spent the evening scrubbing the water holder because you left for a month,  to the point that the sponge turned green and your fingers got wrinkled as a chickens legs,when the bottom of your pants are soaking wet while the chickens are dry as the food box that you work so hard to keep dry. But if you are a real chicken owner you know it's worth it.
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It happens -- sometimes even established birds that are well in the routine of laying in a nesting box will lay on the coop floor, in the run, out in the yard if ranging, etc --- it can be caused by a "surprise" egg sneaking up on them a bit, them being upset by not being able to get into their preferred nest box (occupied by someone else at the time of need), a hen just not wanting to tear herself away from whatever she was doing at the time it was time to lay, etc.

Where are we going, and why are we in this hand basket?
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