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eggs in the bedding

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by naturemama, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. naturemama

    naturemama New Egg

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    Hey! I have 6 laying hens, 6 nesting boxes, 6 eggs a day, woohoo! Except one egg everyday is layed in the back corner of the coop on the floor. 2 or 3 nesting boxes are used daily for the other eggs, why is this hen laying in the bedding? can i deter her somehow (don't know which one). i got them at 18 weeks old about a month ago.
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    She may be lowest on the pecking order and not be allowed access to the other nestboxes by the other hens. Or, she just may not be comfortable with the nestboxes for whatever strange reason chickens get in their itty bitty brains.
     
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  3. naturemama

    naturemama New Egg

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    I didn't think about her getting bullied. hmmm. i'm having so much fun with these chickens, that i'm hoping she's just afraid of heights and all my chickens are oh so nice [​IMG] thanks!!
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:No problem. I have an older hen, well 3 years old, that has started dropping eggs in the bedding; usually right in the area of the nestboxes. In her case I know she's not being bullied; she's one of the highest ranking hens. I'm beginning to think her egg shoot is worn out and she just doesn't make it to the boxes in time.

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  5. sammyh312

    sammyh312 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cant figure out whats in their minds, thats for sure! my 15 mo old RIR always laid in her nest, then for two weeks, no eggs. Then two days laid them in the run, then for whatever reason went back to the box.
     

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