Eggs from roost......SPLAT!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SimpleSonflower, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. SimpleSonflower

    SimpleSonflower Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 10, 2011
    Okay, my leghorns have just started laying their first couple of eggs. The last two I found on the hen house floor smashed because you can tell she laid them from the roost. Has anyone else had this problem??? Pleassse tell me she is just figuring it out and it will go away [​IMG]
  2. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    We had that happen today too, first time, kersplat. Mine have been laying since July. But one missed laying yesterday, so I assume this one snuck up on her. I don't have much experience either, so I also hope this is just an oopsie. [​IMG]

    edited to add mine are production reds.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2011
  3. SCmama

    SCmama Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2011
    Same thing happened to us this morning. We started out with 4 chickens about 6 weeks ago. They're about 12 weeks old now, and one of them turned out to be a rooster! We live in a neighborhood, so we can't have a rooster. So we went to a local farm and traded him for 2 hens yesterday. The new hens are about 7 mos old the lady said, and haven't been laying long. We went to look for eggs this morning, and there was one under the roost, cracked and leaking :-( We have next boxes set up, and have golf balls in them since we read that helps the hens know where to lay. Anyone know of anything Else that will make them lay in the boxes instead of off the roost??!!
  4. KaitlynChick55

    KaitlynChick55 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 23, 2011
    Calumet, UP of MI
    I've heard of people putting in fake eggs, like golf balls, and even easter eggs into nesting boxes. chickens perfer to lay in boxes that are up off of the ground also, incase yours is. Watch that your chickens don't start eating the eggs- because once they get a taste for eggs, they will most likely start breaking the eggs on purpose and eating them, leaving you with no breakfast! [​IMG] and its a habit that is reallyy hard to break.

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