Hens are sitting in the nest for hours before laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jcabral, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. jcabral

    jcabral Out Of The Brooder

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    My flock are all about a year old. RIR, Americanas, and BR. Sometimes they will go into the boxes and lay their egg in ten minutes, but lately it seems that most of them are in there for an hour or more. Today a BR was in the nest for almost 7 hours before she layed. She is not broody, because as soon as she laid she popped right out of the coop and joined the others outside. Could this be something in their diet or is this normal?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Not sure where you are located, but maybe it's just too darn cold to lay and hurry outside.
     
  3. jcabral

    jcabral Out Of The Brooder

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    Could be, it is very cold (single digits at night lately), just dont know if I should be worried or not.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    My newer layers often dink around in the nest box. They just like to hang out there sometimes. I never have any problems from it.
     

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