how stress effects laying

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jusahippiechick, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. jusahippiechick

    jusahippiechick New Egg

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    Greetings from a VA newbie! I recently had a hen to lay 3 eggs in roughly 24 hours! She is the only hen laying brown eggs,so I know they're all hers. I checked them one day and no eggs. Checked the next day and she's sitting on 3! Obviously, one could have been laid the first day, after I had checked. And one could have been laid the second day,,but 3?? She had just been stressed by a hawk, not actually caught. I'm guessing she "held" the egg, then laid them all in the 24 hit period. Has anybody had a similar situation?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Stress usually makes hens stop laying, or lay really strange looking eggs. It could be that your hen is one of those rare 2-a-day layers, but 3 a day is very unlikely.
     
  3. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Hi :) and :welcome I'm in VA also. Glad you joined BYC. Stress like sumi said, usually makes hens stop laying. Its very rare and unlikely to get 2 or 3 eggs in one day from one hen.
     
  4. jusahippiechick

    jusahippiechick New Egg

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    Thanks! Don't think she's a 2 a-day hen, but I can usually count on an egg a day from her. It was quite a surprise and I even thought one of the chicks, 14 weeks old, may have started laying. But since I haven't had any more "chick" eggs, I think she must have been stressed enough to hold an egg and then lay 2 in a day, then 1 the next morning.
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Maybe the stress caused a little hiccough in her egg laying system. In your case a good one!
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    What Sumi said! Welcome to BYC.
     
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, jusahippiechick, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! Best of luck to you and your hens!
     
  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
     

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