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eggs randomly laid in yard after months of nest laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by QueenBeeloved, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. QueenBeeloved

    QueenBeeloved Hatching

    Jun 3, 2008
    I have four free range hens who have been faithfully laying their eggs inside their nest box since the fall when they started to lay. Now in the past week I've found three eggs all outside the coop, randomly in the middle of my backyard -unhidden, no attempt to make their own nest... It's as if they just couldn't hold it in and let it drop where it may?! Is this a health concern at all or a sign of one? There are no other strange behaviors that I can tell. Thanks!
  2. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    I don't think it's a health problem... more like a couple of oopsies.... [​IMG]
  3. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    I would say leave them in the coop for a day or two to give them a refresher. We do this from time to time also.
  4. mahen8622

    mahen8622 Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    i jsut bought 4 hens ( one died in an attack r.i.p.) but the man that had them had buckets turned on their sides for them to lay in but i have boxes i think my new hens are confused that i dont have buckets one finally layed and egg in the corner floor part of my coop but no nest box action, should i get a bucket to make them feel better or what?

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