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False alarms?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RM44, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. RM44

    RM44 Songster

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    Do your chickens have false alarms when it comes to laying? On a few occasions I catch a hen in the nestbox, and I go back out after she's "done" and there's no egg. It hasn't happened often, but the "false alarm" today was one of my only 2 green egg layers, so I know for a fact she didn't lay after getting in and sitting in the box for a while. I've also seen a few other chickens do it on occasion. Is it normal?
     
  2. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Songster

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    Normal or not, mine do it too! So at the very least, I guess it's nothing to worry about. I think they just get a kick out of watching us run back and forth to look. [​IMG]
     
  3. I have seen that too, upon occasion.

    Sometimes a hen will be in the nest box, but jump on out when I come in with a treat for the birds. Maybe something distracted her before the laid? Did she come back and lay later?
     
  4. Ms.FuzzyButts :

    Normal or not, mine do it too! So at the very least, I guess it's nothing to worry about. I think they just get a kick out of watching us run back and forth to look. [​IMG]

    LOL. Chickens do love us entertaining humans!​
     
  5. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress 9 Years

    Ms.FuzzyButts :

    Normal or not, mine do it too! So at the very least, I guess it's nothing to worry about. I think they just get a kick out of watching us run back and forth to look. [​IMG]

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing 9 Years

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    Happens to me too. I suspect they like to tease us and come back and lay the egg in another nest to confuse us. I swear I heard the hens giggling when I left the coop empty handed once.
     
  7. RM44

    RM44 Songster

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    Thank you all. I'm glad I'm not the only crazy chicken person who goes out five million times a day to check for eggs only to come back empty handed. Does it ever get old?

    And yes, mine will hop out of the nest box if I have treats or fill up the feeder while they are in the box. I try to give them privacy try not to feed or treat if anyone is in the box, but with 11 hens, someone's almost always in one of the boxes.
     

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