A Funny Little Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joebryant, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I've recently placed my two 18-month-old hens (one's now laying) in a 4- x10-foot "coop" area in the barn. I built and placed a new double nest box on the floor up by the door. This hen insists on laying her daily egg in the back corner. I put three wooden eggs in the two nest by the front door. Today, I looked in the back and saw two eggs... huh? I opened the door, walked back to the corner, picked up the two eggs, and one of them was a wooden one that she'd evidently carried to the back in her wings. She was giving me a message for sure. All I could do was laugh. I put the wooden egg back in the nest box and put a 3- x 4-foot panel to close off the area under the roost drop pan and board that's above where she was laying. As stubborn as she normally is (She gets it from Anne.), I fully expect to see a new makeshift nest in front of the newly-placed panel and the wooden egg back in it tomorrow.
  2. chickenmeadow

    chickenmeadow Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 14, 2009
    Southern Oregon
    My Coop
    That's cute. I look forward to reading what she does next.
  3. aimeeinwv

    aimeeinwv Chillin' With My Peeps

    that's so sweet!
  4. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Welllllll... she showed me! She just didn't lay an egg yesterday. The battle is on.
  5. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    ^ [​IMG]
  6. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Oh, very smart chicken! That is the funniest thing!! Apparently there is something about laying near the front door she doesn't like -- this may be a battle you can't win.

  7. RevaVirginia

    RevaVirginia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2009
    Reva, VA
    Time for some chicken pom-poms!! Give them to your other hens. They can cheer for their favorite. Which will probably be you if you've got treats or something they think is treats in your hand.....

    Last edited: Nov 6, 2009
  8. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    chickens do the cutest things!! [​IMG]
  9. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Aren't they funny with how persistent can be when they want things done their way?!?! [​IMG]
  10. raspeary

    raspeary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Cortland New York
    be patient`She'll come around slowly. I have two rhode island reds that insisted laying in the back corner of the coop for a month or two. Finally one of my buffs started to lay in the nesting boxes and low and behold the two rhodies finally started to lay in the boxes. I too, tried golf balls, that didn't work for my girls. I broke down and bought wooden eggs and that worked.

    but a cute story.

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