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Hen us "panting" in nesting box...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alw0781, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. alw0781

    alw0781 In the Brooder

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    Hi :)
    I recently added nesting boxes to my coop with decoy eggs. I just noticed one of my hens (that has not laid yet as far as I know) is in the nesting box and she appears to be panting. She stood up and there is an egg but I'm not sure if it is the decoy egg or a fresh egg.(since the decoy egg in the other box has been buried...) Is this panting normal? Should I be concerned?
     
  2. Eggmachine11

    Eggmachine11 Chirping

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    What degrees is it there?
     
  3. alw0781

    alw0781 In the Brooder

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    Low 70s
     
  4. alw0781

    alw0781 In the Brooder

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    And, she did in fact lay us an egg!!!! Could the panting have been she was upset that we found her on her nest/disturbed her privacy?
     
  5. Eggmachine11

    Eggmachine11 Chirping

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    The panting was likely from the weather.She was overheating.
     
  6. alw0781

    alw0781 In the Brooder

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    Seriously?!?!? I live in a desert climate, we reach as high as 110 during the summer!!!!! What will that mean for my hens?!?!? How should I prepare?!?
     
  7. Eggmachine11

    Eggmachine11 Chirping

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    Put fans in your coop,ice buckets that are frozen Will help on summer.Sit them on the coop. Floor.
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    The panting might have been stress from her new endeavor.
    Was it her first egg?
    One of my pullets did some panting and sqauwking when she first started laying.
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2015

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