Im being cheated on

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by whatsup chickenbutt, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. whatsup chickenbutt

    whatsup chickenbutt Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    Ok, 5 laying hens, average 1 to 4 eggs a day, got 4 only one time, I mostly get 2. Thats the background. Today, No eggs AT ALL. And, when I went out there there was one hen and my banty rooster out of the chicken yard. as soon as i got them back in and started to walk away, 2 different ones jumped up on the fence. that being said, none of the escapees are my laying hens. Is it possible that they are sneaking away and laying their eggs and then hurrying back? I am an obsessive checker. I check on them or see them several and i mean several times a day, and have never found them outside of the coop and yard. I cannot tell you how disheartening it was today to get 0 eggs. Worse than the 2 weeks worth of 0 eggs when I first got them. I feel like theyve betrayed me!!!! Would even something as simple as changing from straw to pine shavings disrupt them enough to not lay? i did that last night.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Shucks, hens are female, and you ask if changing from straw to pine shavings would disrupt them?

    If you ever figure the fairer sex out in any species, let me know.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I'd check the other side of the fence. They might feel it's more private to lay their eggs on that side. The most PO'd chickens are ones that get disturbed on a nest.
  4. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    [​IMG] Mahonri

    LOL! It is possible that they're hiding their eggs. But it could be anything. Rainy, or dark gloomy days mine don't lay nearly as many as when it's sunny. Maybe dogs went by and scared them. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2008

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