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Dumb egg question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sommrluv, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. sommrluv

    sommrluv Songster

    Jul 17, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    Is laying an egg supposed to look so darn....uncomfortable?

    My chickens are scratching in the nest boxes and they spin in circles, throwing chips and straw over their shoulders, doing what I'm assuming is the egg song, but kind of like a low ticking/cluck, but not really a cluck. I've caught two of them doing this, for a good 30-45 minutes, and they really seemed to be pushing. One did this yesterday morning, and there was an egg later, and another did this last night while I was doing work outside the coop (we have windows, so i could see her on the floor) but when I went in when she decided to get up, no egg.

    They are young, my 7 range in age from 20 weeks to maybe 27 weeks, and I'm getting 2-3 eggs a day, so is it just the first eggs are rough on the system? I know, what a dumb question!

  2. wm8c

    wm8c In the Brooder

    May 27, 2009
    How would you feel if you had to give birth once a day? [​IMG]

    I always feel sorry for them when I see the size of some of the double yokers we get!
  3. sommrluv

    sommrluv Songster

    Jul 17, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    LOL...that is EXACTLY what my husband said.
  4. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    yup...takes the new ones a while to get the hang of it...sometimes you get a hen that thinks it is the coolest thing and must announce to everyone what it is that they have done!
  5. mdbokc

    mdbokc Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    One of my RIRs always sits for at least an hour when laying. I am hoping she is not one to have the prolapse problem at some point.
  6. detali

    detali Songster

    May 9, 2009
    I think it's cute when a hen re-arranges the straw in her nest. It's her nesting instinct. The nest has to be just so, every straw in place, before she lets loose with her egg. I have had an old hen do this.

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