Chicken laid egg in middle of yard

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by M.sue, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    Michigan
    Hello everyone, I need to know if this ever happened to anyone else. My chickens were free ranging for about 20 minutes when I went out give them some scratch. As I was tossing scratch by the handfuls I noticed that one hen seemed to be all fluffed up and shook her wings. I didn't think any thing of it, thought she got chilled because it fairly chilly out. As she stepped toward a ration of scratch I tossed low and be hold the was an egg!! She dropped that baby right were she was. This all happened within seconds. Is this normal behavior? My kids were zipping around the property on their quads which the chickens are accustomed to but sheeshhhhh. Talk about drop and go!
     
  2. maybejoey

    maybejoey got chickenidous?

    Some chickens do prefer to lay out doors, mine do.[​IMG]
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I've had it happen occasionally as well.

    Imp
     
  4. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first egg was laid outside 2 weeks ago, the second one was in the coop on the floor in the corner. After that, they have all been in nest box #4. It is not any darker than any of the other nest boxes, but it is farthest from the window.
     
  5. jeanniejayne

    jeanniejayne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just found our first yard egg in 3 years this week! Arrgghh!!! Could it be a sign of the end times a' comin'??????[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2011
  6. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    Michigan
    When mine first started laying I did find one in the pen and a couple on the floor in the corner of the coop. That was the 1st week of Aug and since then they've all been in the nesting boxes. I was just ultimately surprised [​IMG] that she'd pop one out right there when I was handing out snacks.
     
  7. Frannabelle

    Frannabelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one hen who lays her eggs while perching...can't figure out which girl, but every other day there is an egg broken on the perch below ....
     
  8. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    Michigan
    Quote:Hmmmm...that would be a tough one to figure out! [​IMG]
     
  9. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not one of my hens lays in the coop in the six lovely boxes built in there for the purpose, though they like to sleep in the nest boxes.

    They all lay in various places under hedges, in thickets etc. I think they are playing a cruel game with me!
     

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