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Egg scattering

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lk4family, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. lk4family

    lk4family Hatching

    Sep 17, 2014
    I added five new chicks six months ago and apparently some of them have started laying. (We have a total of ten hens) for the last three days when I have gone to collect eggs I have found some eggs scattered and buried under pine shavings, cracked etc. I think the young girls are clearing out the laying boxes first and the whole coop is in upheaval. Will this behavior pass? Do I need to get extra boxes? We have three boxes. Thoughts?

  2. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    My chickens like hiding eggs, but I think you have something different. Do you notice a lot of pecking in between the two batches of hens? Some hens ( mine at least) like to chase the lower in the pecking order hens out of the nest :D
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    3 boxes should be enough, but it will take some time for things to settle down.

    New layers do weird things and can take up to a month or so to get in the groove.

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