Holding back eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Pickled Egg, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Pickled Egg

    Pickled Egg In the Brooder

    Dec 16, 2008
    Perth, Ontario
    At least one of our 6 month old Chantecler hens started laying a few weeks ago. Once every couple days there would be a very small pale brown egg. In the last week I noticed one of them missing from the flock while they are out free-roaming our property (which is odd because they are really tight group).

    Anyway, the other day I found a nest in a patch of thistle with three small pale brown eggs in it. Clearly one of our two Chantecler hens was going off on her own to lay outside instead of going back into the coop. I decided to keep all the hens in the coop for a few days so she would hopefully use a laying box, but no such luck.

    Is it possible she is holding her eggs back because she prefers to lay outside? Our Barred Rock hen lays eggs like clockwork and I find it odd that our other two hens are so inconsistent and rebellious (my husband suggested they became a rare breed because people got so fed up waiting for them to lay that they ate them instead!!)


  2. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Songster

    Aug 19, 2009
    Cut Off, LA
    I wouldn't believe she could hold them back. I would blame the weather. Maybe just keep them cooped until about 1:00pm everyday, until they get it.

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