EGG UNDER THE ROOST

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DLS, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. DLS

    DLS Songster

    I found a pullet egg UNDER the roost cracked. The hen must have layed her first egg on the roost last night.. maybe in her sleep. she is 18 weeks old today. I wonder if this is common? or will she learn? her nest mates have been laying for 2 weeks.-- in the nest box--- hope this is not a trend.Any one ever heard of this?
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  2. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Heya -

    I've had it happen once or twice, but not as a regular thing. I wouldn't worry about it, she'll probably get it right the next time. (or she'll lay it someplace else, LOL).

    Peace -
    Meriah
     
  3. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

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    When mine started laying, a couple of them laid their first eggs somewhere other than the nesting boxes. Make sure you have enough nesting boxes to accomodate everyone and some have recomended placing a golf ball or fake egg in the boxes to encourage them to lay in the right place.

    Anne
     
  4. miss_inscan

    miss_inscan In the Brooder

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    Sorry, but my Bonny lays from the roost EVERY day. She thinks that it is the place to lay. I've tried to stick her in the nest when she's about to lay, but she only throws a fit trying to get out.
    I try to have lots of shavings to pad the fall, so the egg doesn't break. We may come up with some kind of net to catch it.
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

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    Typically eggs laid off of the roost are from early layers (who haven't figured things out yet) or from being startled during the night. If it's the latter, I would look into how secure your coop is or you could have rats.

    Jody
     
  6. MsBentleyboy

    MsBentleyboy Songster

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    What size are the nest boxes and how far off the floor are they?

    My hen will lay eggs every 25 hours and then when she's scheduled at night she waits until the next day to have it. Maybe yours couldn't hold it any longer? Just a thought but probably not very likely.
     
  7. brownfarms

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    This absolutely drives my husband NUTS! He has a "talk" with the girls every time it happens. They're just like teenagers though; they listen politely then do what they want anyway.
     
  8. MsBentleyboy

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  9. DLS

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