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Can a hen hold in her egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Foghornnmsprisy, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. Foghornnmsprisy

    Foghornnmsprisy In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2014
    Austin/Bastrop Texas
    Our girls are getting close to begin laying. So we decided it was time to put in the nesting boxes. So after hanging the boxes we decided to stick around and see if the girls like the new addition to the coup. Well Mable took to them right away. With no time to spare she hopped in and started making a nest in the bedding. Then she started making noises that I've never heard out of her before. I told my husband I think we should have eggs soon. Right then I looked under Mable and saw an egg peaking out. "She's laying an egg right now!". And out popped her first egg. From the time we hung the boxes to the time she finished laying her first egg, ten minutes had gone by. "Good timing" my husband said. Well I should say so. But I started wondering was she holding it in or was it really good timing? I keep telling my husband I don't think they can do that. So what happened?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Coincidental I believe - congratulations on the start of egglaying.
  3. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Congrats on your first egg! I agree, it was just coincidence that she laid her egg right then and there....chickens...go figure!
  4. ShockValue

    ShockValue Songster

    Jan 10, 2010
    West Sound, Washington
    Or she had been laying them elsewhere prior to the box being hung.
  5. 10whiskers

    10whiskers Chirping

    Jun 28, 2014
    I would say it was a happy coincidence. Congrats!!!

    This is what my (yet-to-lay) girls did...

    Gilda: "It's a shoe rack."
    Joonie: "Can't be. You ever seen that human wear anything other than nasty tennis shoes?"
    Ginger: "I'm eating. You should see who snuck under "the thing".
    Minnie: "And I thought she built it, so I'd be invisible..."
  6. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.

    x 2

    This is exactly what I wondered.....have they been laying somewhere else in secret?

    I'd be doing a sweep of their run and any areas they free range for a secret stash of eggs!

    - Krista
  7. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    Do you believe in magic? [​IMG]
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  8. Foghornnmsprisy

    Foghornnmsprisy In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2014
    Austin/Bastrop Texas
    Well if I knew she was going to pull the rabbit out of the hat like that. I would have installed the boxes a lot sooner.
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Yep, she was waiting....what took you so long?! [​IMG] Just kidding.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2014
  10. Foghornnmsprisy

    Foghornnmsprisy In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2014
    Austin/Bastrop Texas
    Nope this was the first egg. They have a big run and someone (i guess Mabel) has been making nests in the pine shavings. But no eggs to be found except for her magic trick egg. How fast does it usually take a hen to lay an egg? [​IMG]

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