Advice (or reassurance) needed!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KirstyinNZ, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. KirstyinNZ

    KirstyinNZ New Egg

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    My lavender Arauncana (spelling?) has been sitting on the nest for the last 3 days, I did some reading and figured she must be broody? Anyway I took her off the nest today and locked her out of the nesting box (she is now free ranging), she was not happy, she clucked and paced around the cage for about 10mins and then quietened down, she's ok now, wandering around with the other chickens.
    But what I am wondering about is that she has not laid any of her beautiful blue/green eggs for the last 3 days, she usually lays daily. AND, there have been these lovely cream coloured eggs under her (3 in total), she is only about 7 months old. We do also have a Blue Orpington hen, she has not laid any eggs since we got her (not sure how old she is), we got her with her 3 chicks which she is very good at looking after. I figured she wasn't laying because of the chicks.
    So, is my Arauncana sitting on the Orpington eggs? And if so how come Orpington has just started laying at the same time that Arauncana got broody? And where are Arauncana's eggs gone??
     
  2. KirstyinNZ

    KirstyinNZ New Egg

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    These are 2 of the eggs she was sitting on, they are bigger than her's usually are, and completely different colour!
     
  3. chickluvinfreak

    chickluvinfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Broody hens stop laying for quite awhile so they can focus on hatching the eggs. I wouldn't worry about it. It's possible the cream eggs are from the orpington.
     
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  4. KirstyinNZ

    KirstyinNZ New Egg

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    Thanks so much for the quick reply! I am feeling much better now! It makes perfect sense. :)
     
  5. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

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    It's my understanding that once a chicken lays a brown egg she will always lay a brown egg.
    They do not change colors.
    So if she laid blue/green eggs she will always lay that color.

    She is not sitting on her own eggs.
     
  6. chickluvinfreak

    chickluvinfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    No problem :)

    X2 :goodpost:
     
  7. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! And :welcome glad you joined our community!

    You hen is not laying eggs because she is broody, it is perfectly normal, the spell will pass in about three weeks, but you can take some measures to make the time shorter. There are many threads on BYC that help cure broody hens. Good Luck!
     
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