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egg laying - how often? where?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by emilysteng, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. emilysteng

    emilysteng Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,

    I know technically the egg laying cycle is a little over 24 hours. Just seems my girl Casino's egg laying is weird lately. She started a new clutch - I guess- last Friday morning. She laid one egg. It seems she had a little trouble getting it out cause the day before she was waddling and kept laying down like it was bothering her. But it came out and it did seem a little bigger than her usual ones. Not huge though.

    Here is the new egg compared to one about 2 batches ago. [​IMG]

    Anyways, I expected her to lay a few more - maybe every other day like she has been doing. But nothing since then. She keeps acting like she is going to - going into her usual box and jumping into our van and looking around. But no new eggs.

    She is acting completely normal - high energy, eating alot, etc. She has a new boytoy - Scrando - who is very attentive to her but he is very young - just about 5 or so months old (she is about 2 years old I think). She just started accepting him as a rooster and not a nuisance adolescent to be chased away. He just started crowing a few weeks ago and just this week started showing her food in earnest. Very cute. He's been trying to hang around her for about a month now. We joke that he has been in love with her the whole time and now the perseverance has finally paid off! '

    I have a feeling she doesn't like her nest box that she has used for the last few clutches. Probably thinks it must be no good since the eggs keep mysteriously disappearing. Yesterday morning she started searching for a new place - kept going into different trees and bushes. Finally she went into this bush for a long time. Scrando kept watch outside of the bush and they chit chatted the whole time she was in there digging around. She came out finally after at least 30 minutes in there acting all satisfied and throwing leaves and grass on her back like she usually does when she's laid an egg. I tried to look in there but couldn't find anything though. So I'm not even sure if she did it or not. Seems like her comb had been really bright red before she went in there and seemed to dull down after she came out. But I swear later on in the day it seemed bright red again. Here is Scrando keeping watch outside the bush Casino is in. [​IMG]

    And here they are together. [​IMG]

    As long as she is acting normal I probably don't need to worry right? She is a wild chicken after all.
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2011
  2. emilysteng

    emilysteng Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey all - it's been a few days now since I posted this. Today Casino was on the search again for a new place to lay. I tried to give her some choices of boxes but she wouldn't use any of them. She seemed to really need to get it out right before I went down to eat lunch. Her and Scrando were looking all over the place for a good spot but didn't like any of them. When I left for lunch, Casino was inside our van behind some boxes digging around on the astroturf rug we have in there. So I decided to let her be - maybe she'd lay it right there. So maybe 30 or 40 minutes later I come back up and no egg in there. Casino had calmed down by then but no egg any of the boxes either. Should I just assume she laid that thing somewhere and I just can't find it? It worries me when I don't see actually see that she laid the egg I guess. Am I just being a worrywart?

    ON a side note, I thought it was so cute that Scrando was trying to help her find a spot. In the past all of Casino's suitors were really wild chickens and wouldn't come near us. This is the first time her beau was a friend of ours. I didn't know they did that. He seemed to be looking around, pointing out spots and it seemed like he was saying -"Here! How about here? no? how about here? " And she just kept squawking away like no, no, no, that's no good.
     

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