Did I blow it by sitting in coop watching?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nicole01, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    My 20 week RIR is very noisy lately. This morning she was in and out of the nest box kicking the pine chips around and making a circle. I was watching her the whole time taking pictures. Did I blow it by staying in the coop snapping pictures??? Gyspy went outside and I left the coop. I keep checking, but no egg. Maybe tomorrow will be the big day! She's been squatting for a week and looks to be egg ready! I hope I don't cause her to be egg bound by being so nosey.
     
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  2. rungirl

    rungirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Naw, quit worrying. She'll be fine. It'll come when she's ready.

    Lisa
     
  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Whew! It sounds to be any time now. The other 2 girls don't look ready yet. It's been a long 5 months.[​IMG]
     
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  4. Darlasmum

    Darlasmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dont worry- she just has raging hormones to work out. Egg bound is a problem for the older gals. Take all the pics you want.
     
  5. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Isn't it exciting?! Hope you can capture the 'moment'! [​IMG]
     
  6. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I hope so too! Maybe tomorrow.[​IMG] No egg today.
     
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Especially with new layers, it makes you appreciate your eggs more when you see what they go through to lay them...lol. I always thought it'd just be as easy as pooping for a chicken to lay an egg, but there's a lot of straining and effort involved. As you can tell, I sat (coaching...lol [​IMG]) my girls many times during those early egg laying days.
     
  8. greenSearcher

    greenSearcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a group of hens, you will see them taking turns coaching the one struggling. I didn't know that until I was working on the coop and one of the girls was in the box. The others kept going in and out of the coop and clucking at/with her bawk, bawk, bawk BAWK! bawk... breath, breath, breath PUSH, breath. Took her about 2 hours, but the hens stayed w/ her the whole time.
    The social order and interaction is what got DH hooked on "my chickens". He now does more than half their care, speaking of which it is bed time.
     

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