Found out why egg production dropped off. (with pics)

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by patman75, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Over the last 10 days I noticed my egg production dip a little.

    I have a broody hen and another molting but it seemed like I should have more eggs. So I inspect some of the other hens that I'm not getting eggs from, they are due for a molt. I noticed some new feather coming in but I also noticed a few creepy crawlies in their feathers. [​IMG] So off to buy some Food Grade DE, I had been living in a fantasy land thinking I would not have to deal with this [​IMG] . DE appied everywhere should take care of that problem.

    Anywhoo...back to the eggs.

    So I thought I had more molters than just one and that was the reason, until I noticed something behind my broody's dog cage. There between the cage and inbetween the 2X4 wall studs was two hidden nests.

    From the side
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    from the top
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    Bunch of little sneaky stinkers. [​IMG] 13 eggs total.
     
  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Oh yes...I check those spots each day...learned my lesson on that one two years ago. Toerags!
     
  3. Whitewinterwolf

    Whitewinterwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah haha nice!
     
  4. GoldenPuppy

    GoldenPuppy Out Of The Brooder

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    That's funny about the hidden eggs. Not the creepy things, though.

    I had a crippled hen long ago that was such a sweetheart; her name was Heart. But she couldn't sit on eggs because of her leg. One day I found her egg pile up in the hay mound--she had about 8-12 eggs in that stash. [​IMG] Sneaky little thing.
    I stuck them under another broody hen and let her hatch Heart's eggs. Heart never went broody and never minded that I took her eggs. Her babies were as sweet as she was. I miss that hen.
     
  5. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Just a few mites, nothing serious. Heart sounded like a great sweet hen.
     
  6. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    hahahaha hens can be so funny. They were trying to sneak in a bit of extra expantion on ya.
    1st hen: "hey check this out, the human will never notice"
    2nd hen: "but won't she wonder about the extra chicks and missing eggs?"
    1st hen: "Naw, silly humans can't count."
    2nd hen: "oh ok, cool."
     
  7. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:[​IMG] Yep. I think it was the way it went.
     
  8. Prisserbabe

    Prisserbabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicken coop
    [​IMG] Thats a good one
     
  9. Squirrelgirl88

    Squirrelgirl88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You mean the chickens know about chicken math? They know we can't count!
     
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Gotta love it!
     

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