Chicken "Crop Circles"??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PeepMePosted, May 28, 2008.

  1. PeepMePosted

    PeepMePosted Chirping

    May 28, 2008
    Altadena, CA
    Our 1 year old Rhode Island Red, Ginger, is normally a hearty one-a-day egg layer. For the third time in a month she's gone up into the upstairs coop just like normal, stays up there for an hour, makes the usual racket like she's laying an egg but then...nothing. That is except for a perfect circle in the straw where she's scratched clear down to the wood. It's almost like she's "egg constipated". But then the next day/week she's fine and laying consistently. Has anyone seen these chicken "crop circles" with no egg?
  2. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Yes, I have a gal that does this too. I have no idea why!
  3. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    quite often I find an egg pushed under the crop circle where she scuffed it so to hide it. Also, I have a few girls that love to make nests and then dust bathe in the hay or shavings...don't try to guess, just smile, feel around and walk away, lol!!!! [​IMG]

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