She'd been using her box for so long, but not today. She stood right outside of the box, and squatted down right there to lay her egg. Does anyone else's birds do this? If so, do you know why? I'm so confused!
One of my hens did the same thing, I went to check the nest and she hadn't layed an egg by her usual time, I looked just in time to see her lay an egg right there on the ground like she was just having a poop, now she hasn't layed since and that was a least a week ago!
Like the previous poster said: they just have random chicken thoughts to lay eggs in strange places. One of mine decided to lay in my potato bin one day (and then stayed to incubate a potato for a few hours instead of her egg) then she started laying on the poop board after the tater incident. She was previously happy in the nesting boxes.
One lays off the roost each and every morning, and usually by 5 am (it's still dark here). I still can't figure that one out. She's egg-continent?
And a few just randomly lay on the floor in front of the box when the urge hits. And I have plenty of boxes... 13 boxes for about 25 currently laying.
I will never understand them, but that's part of the fun of having them as pets.
one of my wyandottes (7mos old) was attacked by the older girls a few months back. She sleeps inside now because they all (even her sibs) pick on her and I don't want her in the coop at night with them. Anyway, she lays all of her eggs outside of the coop behind an old screen door. I discovered this today! There were approx 20eggs there!
So far I've seen my RIRs lay them out in the run, in the nesting box, and one under the perch, apparently dropped while they were asleep. Our injured one laid two in her dog crate, one of which was a soft-shell that she broke open and was happily chowing down on.
I have one that lays in the hanging feeder every day???? I have a friend that teased me and said that the hen was a multitasker, eat, lay an egg....LOL......I'm going to sit out there one day and see if that's what happens.....Happily the egg is very clean and never breaks!
I have five hens and all of them will lay in the nesting boxes or in their coop. However I do have one that refuses to lay her
egg in the coop or box. She used to love laying her eggs in the corner near my pool and the stairs. There was high grass over there.
She would fly over the 4 foot fence if she was in her run just to lay her egg. Then I noticed she was always going in the Hostas that
were around the pool. The end of summer I cut them all back and found about 8 eggs. I also cut back the grass near the pool figuring
she would give up laying over there. So she did give up only to end up laying her eggs now in a little porcelain tub that I have on
my deck right near my back door where I had a whole bunch of flowers growing in. We even changed the four ft fence and put
up a 6 ft fence and low and behold she still gets over it when she wants to lay her egg. I dont know what it is about her but
she just wants to lay somewhere where it is grassy or overgrown a bit. They are funny for sure!!!!