Eggs layed in the feeder

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rustywreck, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Rustywreck

    Rustywreck Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a galvanized feeder hanging in the coup. The feeder is one of the 3 gallon things, much like the galvanized waterer.
    It hangs very close to the roost and to a ladder leading to the roost. It doesn't hang by design it just happened that way.
    For the last few days I have discovered an egg, sometimes two inside the feeder. I assumed that one of the hens was hanging her backside either off the roost or the ladder to allow the eggs to drop inside. I have been keeping the feeder half full to make for a softer landing for the egg.
    Today, I picked up all the other eggs, then checked the feeder. This time I found a hen inside of it. She made no attempt to get out despite some encouragement from me. She isn't the biggest hen I have, but it is still a tight fit for her inside the feeder. After a minute or so I picked her up and placed her in a nest box - trying to make a point to her. She didn't think much of my plan and promptly left the nest.
    A couple hours later I checked on them one more time before leaving. Naturally, I looked inside of the feeder. This time there was another egg and no hen.
    This particular hen is the most mischievous of the bunch. She will fly up and land on my shoulder without invitation. When it is snack time, she'll try to steal the goodies from the bigger hens and get mugged for doing so - but she keeps on doing it. She also complains the most if she feels she isn't getting her fair share of goodies.
    I guess I have to put a lid on the feeder now, just because of her. She is nothing but trouble [​IMG]
     
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    13,295
    18
    291
    Aug 25, 2008
    SC
    That is dangerously close to requiring a photo! What an entertaining hen. Just make sure she feels ok, other than that, sit back and laugh! [​IMG]

    Might want to move the feeder tho- AFTER you get a pic of her in there! [​IMG]
     
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Just goes to show how odd chickens can really be !!! Sounds very funny !!! A pic would be awesome if you could get one !!

    And yes I would put a cover on the feeder !!!
     
  4. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    938
    3
    151
    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    I would love to see a picture of her in the feeder too! Don't ya just love those little trouble makers? I've got one or two myself.

    I think I have the same feeder. I made a cover for it out of a large bucket lid - like those construction site spackle buckets. I just cut two slits in each side of the lid so that it would fit around the wire handles - works great! Otherwise they would roost on the lip of the feeder and poop in the feed. Finding an egg in there is WAY cuter than finding poop [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by