If you interupt a laying hen. . .

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greenmulberry, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today I came home for lunch and was going to grab any eggs as I won't be home until very late tonight.

    I opened the nest box to find my fave hen all snuggled in the nest, apparently working on "doing the deed," when she shot me an evil look and hopped out of the nest and went out into the run. I felt bad for disturbing her! She looked at my like I was peeking at her in the shower. [​IMG]

    What I wanted to know is, will she come back later and lay her egg? Or did I miss out on my egg from her today?
     
  2. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
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    [​IMG] other people will probably reply with answers but i am fairly new to this, we had a chicken snake and i went more often for eggs. i had stopped doing that and then found the snake~ so i went back to going often. they will go back if they are disturbed from my experience [​IMG]
     
  3. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, she will come back and lay. My hens are always getting off the nest for something, but they always went back to the nest after awhile to lay.
     
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Ah yes... I know that "look" well. I'm not a mom yet, but I don't imagine I'd want an in house welcoming committee watching me give birth! [​IMG]
    She'll go back to her spot and lay her egg.
     
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    It is quite alright to check for eggs with the hen still on the nest. Talk softly to her and let her know you are looking for eggs. If you do this on a regular basis all the hens will be use to this. It avoids broken and frozen eggs if you are in a cold climate. Sometimes hens fighting over the same nest will break eggs and if you collect often you will save alot eggs. Hens will really become use to you if you spend enough time near them or in the coop.[​IMG]

    bigzio
     

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