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FOUND my first bantam orp eggs! PIC added.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by shelleyb1969, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I have a trio of young bantam orpingtons, 1 splash roo with 2 black hens, and the bigger hen has been singing the "laying" song for well over a week now. So I've been expecting her to lay just any day. Well.....

    I went to the coop this morning, and noticed the smaller hen sitting on a nest in the back of their tractor. I just thought, well maybe she's ready to start laying too. I got some layer pellets and began throwing them out as treats. Mr. Splash roo began calling his girls to come and get the goodies. The hen stood up from the nest....

    and there were 3 eggs under her! [​IMG]

    She sat back down on them, and the bigger hen went over and took one away from her and sat down on it herself! [​IMG]

    Just what I need....egg hiding broody hens in the middle of winter! [​IMG] Needless to say, I took the eggs from them. As soon as the eggs were gone, they both resumed their regular chicken behaviors. Guess I've gotta start digging through the bedding looking for eggs now! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2009
  2. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    [​IMG] So exciting when you finally get those eggs! [​IMG]
  3. crazychicken

    crazychicken Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    Wow I see I am not the only one who has sneaky hens I have to dig in the bedding and all in the nest to find my eggs. [​IMG]
  4. Chicken Cluck

    Chicken Cluck Songster

    May 12, 2008
    Congrats! First eggs. Wow must have been a moment! [​IMG]
  5. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    eggs erroneous!

    more egg sammiches! [​IMG]
  6. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    It definitely was a memorable moment! I didn't think that first time layers would be so sneaky. [​IMG]
    And the eggs are pretty good size...I'd say at least the size of a small store bought egg. I'll break them open once they've had time to warm up and check fertility. I know the roo's been doing his job with the bigger hen, but I've never seen him pursue the smaller one.
  7. crazychicken

    crazychicken Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    mine are 1 year olds and I still have to go on an egg hunt every morning the places I find eggs. [​IMG]
  8. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I just went out to bust ice for everyone and I found 2 more eggs! These eggs were warm, so I guess I've got 2 girls that have started laying. [​IMG]
  9. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    that's it. get over here and pick up some bagels! you need bagel and egg sammiches stat! [​IMG]
  10. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I'm getting eggs from these girls every day now...at least one egg, some days I get 2. But they're both desperately wanting to brood. Silly girls! [​IMG] Come spring, I'm gonna give one of them the opportunity to hatch a clutch....can't wait! [​IMG]

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