Help - my hen keeps dropping eggs while roosting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 1chicklady1, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. 1chicklady1

    1chicklady1 New Egg

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    For the past 2 weeks one of my hens has been dropping eggs before comming down from her roost.
    What worries me the most is the others pecking at the broken egg before I get out there
    Please help
     
  2. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have enough nesting boxes with golfballs or fake eggs in them? You only need one golfball or egg in each nest to make the point. She shouldn't be dropping them from the roost, it sounds like there are not any nests available or unoccupied.

    It is natural for the other chickens to eat broken eggs, mine do it like they're starving. It is an unwanted behavior for the chickens to "break" the egg before eating, because they'll start eating eggs from the nest. A nasty and annoying habit.

    Make sure you have enough nest boxes with a golfball in them for your hens, before thinking it's a health issue. I think it has to do with a nest box issue, myself. Maybe there are not enough to share and she doesn't have the rank to fight for one. [​IMG]

    -Kim
     
  3. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    I had a hen that did that for a few days. Some times their clock gets messed up. Is she laying during the night? If it's dark, she can't get down to get to the box. It should work itself out. Is it possible to have a low watt light bulb on so she can see?
     
  4. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
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    Besides lighting, is she a new layer? Sometimes it takes them a bit to get it figured out if they are new layers.
     
  5. 1chicklady1

    1chicklady1 New Egg

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    I have 5 boxes and she is the only one old enough right now to lay, she had been laying happily in one or the other of them for the past year, until lately....
    I will do the light idea tonight. great idea. will also put an egg in one of the other nests to re-mind her....
    My gut feeling is that she's lazy, cold, ect and not inclined to come off her roost when the urge hits.
    another question - she's been dropping off her roost for a couple weeks - shouldn't her clock have ticked to a later time in the day by now?
     
  6. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    1 you have enough nestboxes.thats not the problem.she has gotten used to laying eggs while roosting.been there had that problem.you need to catch that hen an put her in a pen.but do not give her a roost.make her sleep on the pen floor.an sooner or later when she lays her egg.it to will be on the floor.you can put a nest in with her if you want.but leave her penned for 3wks to a month till she learns to lay egg on pen floor or nest box.
     

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