Help! Can't find hens hidden nest.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gemleaf, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. Gemleaf

    Gemleaf Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2016
    So I have a Orpington cross who has broody tendencies. I went to visit my parents for a week because I'm 26 weeks pregnant and won't have another chance to see them until you second son is born. I left my well meaning husband in charge of the chickens while I was gone. Before, I was getting about 6 eggs a week from her.

    For two days in a row, my husband was letting them out into the yard without securing the door to the coop open and they were not able to get in to lay their eggs. (I only have two laying hens right now) my white leghorn laid her egg in the run and went right back to laying in the nest once he figured out how to secure the door. I have not found an egg from my orphington. It's been over a week. Today, I left them in their run until about noon and she laid her egg under the coop instead of the nest so I know she's laying them somewhere.

    I have checked every place I could think of where she might be hiding her nest and along the fence the see if she was hiding them there. I don't mind her collecting a nest if she wants to sit, since they are fertile and her last clutch are now almost laying age. But I don't want her to start and sit in a place that I will not be able to get to her or keep her protected.

    How can I find her nest and get her to start laying in the nest box again?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Keep her in the pen until about 10 AM and then watch where she goes when you let her out.
  3. AmandaMBG

    AmandaMBG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2016
    Southern Utah
    If I was your neighbor I would come and help you look. No fun to be pregnant and out in the eat looking for a nest lol!! Hope you are able to find it.
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    This is what I do. Sometimes I'm sure they cross their legs until they can't hold it anymore! I have let mine out later in the day, and watched a hen make a beeline for where her hidden nest is.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Been there, done that. When they start pacing the fence it is time to let them out.

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