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 Songster

    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

    from the top

    Bunch of little sneaky stinkers. [​IMG] 13 eggs total.

  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Oh yes...I check those spots each day...learned my lesson on that one two years ago. Toerags!
  3. Whitewinterwolf

    Whitewinterwolf Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Ah haha nice!
  4. GoldenPuppy

    GoldenPuppy In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2011
    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 Songster

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

  6. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    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 Songster

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

    Prisserbabe Songster

    Jul 8, 2011
    The chicken coop
    [​IMG] Thats a good one
  9. Squirrelgirl88

    Squirrelgirl88 Chirping

    May 3, 2011
    Central Ohio
    You mean the chickens know about chicken math? They know we can't count!

  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana

    Gotta love it!

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