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Eggbound?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickinlickin, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. chickinlickin

    chickinlickin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello -
    I've got a 5 mo old pullet (barred rock-ancona mutt) thats been on the nest for about an hour...from time to time she sings and clucks like crazy...but no egg yet. She's very flighty anyway and when I get close to her she freaks out a little....

    She's only started to lay this week - 4- 5 eggs so far.

    Any suggestions??
    Thanks.
     
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Does she look distressed? Sometimes it takes new layers a little longer.
     
  3. chickinlickin

    chickinlickin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe a little a little..she seemed nervous.

    ..but I just went out and she is out of the nest and no egg....
     
  4. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Is she panting?

    I would give her a little time. You can try and feel her and see if you can feel an egg.

    Keep us posted.
     
  5. chickinlickin

    chickinlickin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's been over 2 hrs since she got out of the nest and she's running around, scratching and eating grass....just like normal. I watched her for a little while and she's eating, drinking and pooping....so I don't know what's going on. [​IMG]

    eta - she is a little noisier than normal, i think.
     
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2009
  6. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    My new layers do this too...they take turns sitting in the nest boxes for long periods of time, sometimes there's an egg, sometimes there isn't. I think that when they are newbies, there may be some confusion as to when they are "close", and so they sit and sit and sit. Kind of like a small child that is learning to use the potty...they aren't quite sure about the internal cues, so they sit there for an hour before they do the deed... [​IMG]
     
  7. chickinlickin

    chickinlickin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, that puts me a liittle more to ease.

    You should have seen my dw and dd running out to the coop every time that hen would cackle...[​IMG]...about every 10 minutes for an hour or so...
     
  8. chickinlickin

    chickinlickin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well that crazy hen did the same thing this afternoon...sat in the box for over an hour....cackling and carying on...and no egg.

    She seems just fine otherwise....what should I watch for if she's eggbound?...or not worry about it? [​IMG]
     
  9. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    If she fluffs up, is panting, or acting otherwise oddly, then ideally have her seen by a vet, if yours sees chickens...

    Good luck!!
     

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