Day 11 of laying... did routine but no egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by swampcat, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. swampcat

    swampcat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my barnyard mutt started laying on Sept 7. Every day, like clockwork, she would high-tail it back to the coop and go snuggle up in a nesting box until she emerged, triumphantly singing her egg song.

    She did the same thing today. Went out to collect the egg but there was no egg to be found? I searched high and low but there was nothing.

    Is this normal? I know they need to take a break now and then from laying, but do they still go through their routine and act like they laid an egg?

    I just want to cover all possible bases before I have to lube up my finger.... [​IMG]
     
  2. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine egg layer took a break twice. After laying steady for 7 days, she took a day break, then laid for another 6 days & took a day off.
    She is on the nest now, am waiting for day #2 egg. But it is fine, she is my only egg layer right now, and she is regular like clock work.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    All is probably OK but watch her for being egg bound.
    If she looks like she is straining, vent pulsing, you need to act.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Supposedly, they lay about every 25 or 26 hours, so they will gradually lay later and later -- then skip a day, and start over early in the day. Sounds perfectly normal to me.
     
  5. swampcat

    swampcat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Odd thing was at one point last week she was regressing in her timing. She went from about 9am to 10am to 11am to 10am to 9am to 8am.

    I just thought it was strange that she would do her whole routine including sitting on the nest for a bit before laying, come out singing her egg song, and there's nothing. She seems fine, her vent looks fine. I will definitely keep an eye on her, though.
     
  6. bertman

    bertman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a pullet who has laid for twelve straight days since she laid her first egg. [​IMG]

    She seems healthy and happy as can be. Is there a record for straight egg-laying days?

    Sounds like you have a good 'mutt', swampcat.

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