Guess where my chicken laid her egg today...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BirdNut, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. BirdNut

    BirdNut Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2010
    Suprise, Arizona
    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!
  2. farmerbrownsdaughter

    farmerbrownsdaughter Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2009
    Maple Ridge, B.C.
    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!
  3. gingerpeach22

    gingerpeach22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2010
    Mine lay in nests, but today, there was one by the coop door. Just one of those things. She probably had a chicken thought like, "it's commmiiiiing and my enemy is on my favorite nest. Oops. Oh well."
  4. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

    Jan 10, 2010
    Vacationland, Maine
    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.
  5. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    No, but one of my d'Uccles is trying to hide her eggs behind a door in the shed/coop... laying them right on the floor. Crazy chicken.
  6. aspi66

    aspi66 New Egg

    Dec 17, 2009
    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!
  7. moareggsplz

    moareggsplz New Egg

    Jul 13, 2010
    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.
  8. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    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!
  9. happychickengirls

    happychickengirls Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2010
    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!!!![​IMG]

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