Goes to nest box then drops outside

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chookalooks, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. Chookalooks

    Chookalooks New Egg

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    I have a young Sussex hen that goes to the box and sits, then comes out of the house and about 5 or more feet out she drops the egg. A lot of times it has some fresh poop on it? I saw her do it once and she was walking then just squatted briefly, dropped it, and carried on. Like she thought she already did it, then all of sudden realised it was still in there! Worried something is wrong. 2 other hens lay beautifully in the box! I
     
  2. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Sometimes a few fake eggs will encourage a new layer to lay where you want them to. some people even use golf balls.
    Welcome and enjoy BYC!
    Steve :frow
     
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  3. warner1

    warner1 Just Hatched

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    OH! Good to know about the golf balls. We use a couple of fake eggs, but they have their favorite nest. I'm going to add golf balls to the other nests.
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! The fake eggs / golf balls help a lot. Sometimes it does seem like new layers don't know when they are going to actually lay that egg. If you happen to see one setting you know is leaving and dropping eggs like that, if you can block them in the nest until they lay, that will sometimes help give them the idea of laying in the nest.
     
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  5. MsChickenMomma

    MsChickenMomma Overrun With Chickens

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    :welcome Glad to have you join us!!
     
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    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Does she lay small eggs, maybe they are so easy to pass, she isn't aware of the sensation.
     
  8. Chookalooks

    Chookalooks New Egg

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    Thanks all for the welcome and ideas. I will try them all! I am a first timer with chooks and thought it was all about the eggs. I was so wrong!
     
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! If she's a young layer she probably just need to get the hang of this whole egg laying business, though mind, I once opened and fed my very experienced layers, watched one hen run out, stop, drop an egg, continue running to the food bowl and start eating like nothing happened.
     

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