Hiding their eggs.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by diverkell, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. diverkell

    diverkell Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2010
    Chicopee, MA
    I have 6 Easter Eggers that are laying. Mostly in the nesting boxes. I found a nest in the garden with 19 eggs. It was well hidden until the weeds started to die off. The hen hasn't been back there since I cleaned it out. I'm not sure where she's laying now. Today I saw a hen sneaking off into the woods. I figured it was the one that was hiding eggs before. I found her spot and let her do her job. When I went back, it had been a different hen. This nest had 6 eggs. Why are they hiding them? How can I get them to stop? Will they not go back if I empty the nest?
  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    Mine do the same thing.

    The only way to prevent it is to keep them penned.

    It is an instinct for them to find a safe place to hide & lay eggs.

    I found a nest in a window well that had 15 eggs.

    I wish I knew where they are hiding them now. I've looked everywhere.

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