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I got to see my chicken lay an egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greenpeeps, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went out to check on the girls this afternoon and spotted one of them standing in the nesting box. I looked to see if there was an egg but none to be seen, then all a sudden, plop. She just dropped an egg. I always figured they sat and laid an egg, never would I guess they do it standing up. I need to put more clippings in the nesting box so the eggs don't break. [​IMG]
     
  2. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    I didnt know that they layed standing up either. I had a couple cracked eggs so we put some foam insulation down. We stapled it around the edges. I sat in my coop one morning and caught my girls in action. Looks kinda stressful doesnt it.

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    Oh look, a little pink egg [​IMG]
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  3. Andi

    Andi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, neat! I can hardly wait until mine start laying!

    I wonder if all chickens lay standing up. I wouldn't have guessed standing up either. Its good to know ahead of time so I can get lots of padding in the boxes.

    I have a lovebird that laid a couple eggs this Spring. One of them was on the bottom of the cage and quite smashed, as if she laid it while setting on the top perch. Maybe she did. It was her first egg. Maybe all birds lay standing. Hmmmm.
     
  4. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    Wisconsin
    I've seen my BA lay 4x. It must be what it's like for us to have a baby. I had C-sections. But they gruntand push, just the same. Imagine having a baby every day. [​IMG]
     
  5. gardenak

    gardenak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just started getting eggs last week. I had 1 on Wed. Skipped Thur. and had 1 Fri. & Sat. Yesterday I saw the hen that is laying in the box, so I pulled a chair up and proceeded to watch for quite a while. She'd get up, turn around and look a bit distressed. Then, she started making quite a racket. This went on for almost an hour and I got tired of sitting (short attention span). She finally hopped out and no egg! I wonder if I through off her concentration by watching her. After all this, I let them out to run around- I looked later to see if I had any eggs laid in the garden but didn't see any. [​IMG]
     
  6. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i hope that laying an egg isn't as painful as giving birth.
     
  7. Chotii

    Chotii Chillin' With My Peeps

    In fairness, some women give birth relatively easily and quickly, especially after the first 2 or 3.
    Also, most eggs are smaller compared to a hen than a full-term infant's head is to a human mother.
     
  8. vegafarm

    vegafarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Ive seen peafowl mate, lay a egg, and watched a egg hatch. Its the mercal of life.
     
  9. Sassah001

    Sassah001 Out Of The Brooder

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    To all the ladies on this forum I think you can relate. Look at it this way. Most chickens lay an egg every 24-36 hours. A Human goes through a menstral cycle in a month aka taking mature eggs through our reproductive system and expelling of them. Could you imagine going through that entire monthly process every day of your mature life! Poor girls, they deserve good mommies and daddies taking care of them [​IMG] ! Can you imagine the moodswings those poor roosters have to endure [​IMG] lol! Then everytime you go through all that work someone comes and takes it away! Once you finally go into mommy mode (broody), your humans try to unbroody you and still won't let you keep your eggs! Hard life those chickens have lol. Well other than the greens put into their cage daily and the cool water and food provided to them on a constant basis.
     
  10. fiddledeedee

    fiddledeedee Out Of The Brooder

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    Your post explains a lot.. I've been getting a few eggs that have a little broken bit right on the pointy end. The membrane is intact (but I give those ones to the dog anyway). My girls get over zealous with the next making and scratch all the nesting material out to the sides and lay the eggs direct on the bottom of the box. I guess if they stand up, of course they are gonna break! I've put down some shavings in the hope that they leave that alone (fingers crossed).
     

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