Hen laid egg off the roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sagealbright, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. sagealbright

    sagealbright Chirping

    Apr 29, 2014
    Well I finally got my first egg this morning! My Salmon Faverolle decided she was ready and gave me a nice big egg! The only problem is she laid it off the roost... Thankfully we had enough hay on the ground that the egg didn't break. Does anyone know how I can get her to start laying in the nesting boxes? They are filled with straw and I put 2 golf balls in each box.
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    If this was her first egg, then likely it surprised her as much as you. I would just watch for the next egg. Doubt you'll get 2 laid from the roost, she will now know an egg is coming.
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    I wouldn't worry too much about this - it sounds like you've already done the things that will help guide her to where she needs to go. Give it a few eggs and she'll get it all down. Even once they find the nests you'll still find surprise eggs here and there - I find occasional eggs in the run or in the poop board beneath the roost -- eggs that sneak up on them in the night or when they are like little kids who are too busy playing to be bothered to go to the bathroom.
  4. sagealbright

    sagealbright Chirping

    Apr 29, 2014
    Thank you both! Hopefully she figures out where she needs to go soon!

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