Egg laid from a branch?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ZoeStevens, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. ZoeStevens

    ZoeStevens Out Of The Brooder

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    Apparently my hens lay at night because while I found none this morning, I found 4 eggs tonight when I checked on them. One of them was laid from a branch about 4 ft up in the coop, and of course it fell on landing.

    Is this a one-time thing? Aside from losing the eggs, the mess could get annoying. Should I remove the branch or will she figure it out on her own?
     
  2. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

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    Our chickens have done this before, they have laid from the roosts while still asleep. It is quite annoying. I did a search of some old threads. If the other hens are all laying in the right place, perhaps you could just remove the roost for a couple of days and see what happens, get her back into the habit. (If not I was going to suggest fake eggs in the nest)
     
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It does happen could be a time cycle who knows. When they need to lay & its dark in the coop they have no choice but bombs away. They can't see in the dark.
     

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