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I STILL have an adult bird laying premature eggs on ground! WHY?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Snack Giver, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Snack Giver

    Snack Giver Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2011
    Hi folks. My cute little leghorn was the best layer of all our 6 birds. She's not quite a year old yet but for 3 months I swear she laid 99 eggs, never missing a single day, all healthy eggs. Always laid in the nest, even all winter. She has fulltime access to oyster shell and shredded fresh mozarella cheese everyday.

    PROBLEM: Now starting about 5 weeks ago, she just drops an egg out wherever she happens to be walking in the morning. She doesnt even look back, just keeps walking to catch up with the other birds. These eggs left on the ground are thin shelled. They crack just by being picked up. It seems like she laid them too early by just a few hours. Still she sadly hangs out in the nest area mid-morning, even sitting on the nest (she doesnt know she already laid!). I wish she would hold her eggs in and wait to lay them when the time is right. She is not new to this. I wonder if she is too excited to get out in the run every morning that she pops out an eggs from excitement. Is that possible?

    Any advice?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Has anything changed with your chicken's environment or diet in the past five weeks? Maybe you should stop giving them cheese.......Not sure why you're feeding them that.
  3. Snack Giver

    Snack Giver Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2011
    The cheese is a treat that I read about here. They only nibble on it occasionally. The intention with cheese is to boost the calcium. Sometimes we give yogurt too. I also give catfood and tuna for protein. Of course they have layer feed too.

    I cannot think of what may have changed since this problem. I really think she is too excited. She is a hilarious busybody and always first to everything. She doesnt even notice she laid the eggs.
  4. chookhead

    chookhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2011
    keep her in an enclosed space with her favourite nesting box make the space small and isolate her she may need to be kep there for a while to re awaken or revitalise her sense of lay in a nest not in random places
    also i dont think cheese is a good part of their diet if they have too much calcium it can cause many problems with kidneys and liver and the egg laying tract there may be calcium deposits that prevent the egg from being coated on its way out so it just plops out because thin shelled eggs are much easier to push out
    so yea if the first idea doesnt work then combine it with a little bit of ACV(apple cider vinegar) she should go back to normal

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