Difficulty with egg laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 2dogs1cat, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. 2dogs1cat

    2dogs1cat Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Last night I was quite concerned about my BA. She was sitting away from the flock for quite awhile. I went and picked her up and put her in the coop - this is normally a bird that RUNS from me. She sat in the nest box for a bit but seemed completely out of it - eyes dilated, breathing slow, head resting on the box divider, comb completely flopped over to the side. Offer BOSS, water, yogurt but she had none. The other hens came in to roost and she went to her spot.

    This morning she was out and about, scurring and raising a ruckus like normal. I found a broken egg under her roost spot - weak shell. This would be her first egg. Can it be tough for some hens to lay their first egg(s)? She's in the nest box right now and I'm leaving her alone.

  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Sounds like it. Just keep an eye on her. It's normal to have all sorts of weird eggs when they start laying.

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