HELP! My chicken has started laying from its roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Davey85, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. Davey85

    Davey85 New Egg

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    I have restarted a small flock after several years off and have five chickens of varying ages before laying maturity. Our first chicken started laying last week (success!) and was using her nesting box as hoped. She laid about seven eggs over seven days in the box but then the last couple of days I have found her daily egg smashed beneath the roost.

    I have read it is normal for some chickens just starting to lay to do so from the roost as they get used to the whole egg coming out of them thing but am wondering if I have a problem with this hen given her first several eggs were in the nesting box without any drama.

    Is she getting into a bad habit or did I just luck out with the first week and she has stumbled over the last couple of days?

    My nest boxes have a plastic egg each to encourage laying there and there is no problem with mice, rats or other pests that might have spooked her.

    If her first few eggs were under the roost I wouldn't be worried because I know she's learning but because she started so well I just don't know what has happened to change things.

    Any and all advice much appreciated!
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    It can take up to a month or so for them to figure it all out... meanwhile eggs, some of them strange, everywhere!!!
    I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  3. Mamaw Skaggs

    Mamaw Skaggs New Egg

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    I have a question about the egg thing.I have 6 hens that produce everyday. The other day I found an egg no shell just the membrane laying on the coop floor, what could that possibly mean? Is the hen sick?
     
  4. Mamaw Skaggs

    Mamaw Skaggs New Egg

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    Should I keep some kind of journal to keep track of the egg count? I am still trying to figure out how this all works. This is so new to us. It is like finding gold in the nest everyday! :)
     

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