Chicken Goes inside house before laying an egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lovelyletty7, May 1, 2017.

  1. lovelyletty7

    lovelyletty7 New Egg

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    Hey everyone!!
    I have a leghorn who has been laying for about 4 months now. I sometimes leave the back door open and she comes inside and finds a corner and will start to scratch at the carpet. She just started to do this recently and she doesn't do it every day because I'm usually not home during the day. When she's good and satisfied she will go outside in the coop and lay her egg. Is this normal?
     
  2. emmaellis111

    emmaellis111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's just trying to find a nice comfortable place to lay an egg. I would say it's normal lol x
     
  3. lovelyletty7

    lovelyletty7 New Egg

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    And before laying her egg she is very vocal... She worries me. She seems stressed I don't think she likes to lay eggs. LoL. My silkies don't seem to have any funny behaviors. The day before she was egg bound so we had to help her out with that.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Leghorns lay larger eggs for the size of the bird compared to silkies, so it's a bit more uncomfortable. I assume there must be some cramping and a feeling of pressure. It's similar to other species when they give birth. Younger animals aren't fully grown, and things aren't stretched out as much so it's a bigger production for a young hen to lay as opposed to an older hen.
     
  5. lovelyletty7

    lovelyletty7 New Egg

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    Thank you so much for the reply. Im new to chicken keeping. Is there anything I can do to make the process easier for her?
     
  6. emmaellis111

    emmaellis111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope there is nothing you can do. After time she will stretch and will become more easier for her. But There isnt anything you can do x
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    For most hens it gets easier the longer they lay. By their second season most lay easily and more quickly than they did the first season.
     

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