Chickens changed their laying spot...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 8rand0, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. 8rand0

    8rand0 Just Hatched

    Jan 18, 2017
    So,for those who don't know, I have 4 Red Comet Hens all 2-3years old from a local farmer, 6 2-3mos old chicks (2RIR,2BPR & 2WPR) and e recently acquired Svart Hona Hen and roo pair. The svart honas are about the same age as my chicks from size and what I was told. I plan on doing a toe breeding, so in addition to my original henhouse, I reclaimed 3 of my uncle's old,but good, rabbit pens(just need a lil tlc) Anyhow, after a few days of lockdown in their new homes(6 chicks in one and the 2 svart hona in another), while the hens use the henhouse, I let them out to free range. It's been about 3 days and I noticed after I let them all out in the morning, right away, the svart hona roo was chasin one of the red comet hens and nailed her. He got a couple more of em within the morning. I went to go fix the door of the one pen I wasn't using yet, and noticed a comet hen sitting in the back corner. So I left her alone and put off thee door for later and went fishing. Later when I came home, I was dark, i made sure everyone was in their perspective places and secured their doors for the night. When I looked into the unused pen, I noticed 3 eggs where the hen had been. I noticed their difference from the normal eggs right away, as they are lighter in color and larger than the usual comet eggs. I know that the svart hona have larger eggs than most chickens their size and that they are a rosy white comets lay browns...what made the hens lay in the unused pen instead of the henhouse like usual? In the pic, the 3 top eggs are the ones I found and the 3 bottom were from the last 3 days
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2017
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Adding birds can change lots of things...with a new cock around, she may have just been searching out a 'safer' place.

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