Just stared finding in the run

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by old06, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. old06

    old06 New Egg

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    Well yesterday at dark I put the hens in the coop and closed the door and there by the entrance was a egg. This morning I let them out and they run out while I was checking the water and feed and putting out some cracked corn there was a egg in the middle of the run what gives this is a first for this action.
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Could it be a new layer? Sometimes they get surprised by the eggs and they don't make it back to the nesting box. Most of mine that lay in the run are new layers.
     
  3. old06

    old06 New Egg

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    Thanks HC these hens are about 11 month old just started the first time or so I had a fart egg on the ground in about August but the girls know where the nest boxes are
     
  4. I am having this issue too. I have found the best way to change this is to keep eggs in the nestboxes all day so they know where to lay, and moving eggs that were laid in the wrong place right away. Chickens tend to want to lay wherever there is already a clutch. I don't know why sometimes they just decide to change laying spots. Oh, chicken minds![​IMG]
     
  5. old06

    old06 New Egg

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    Thanks earlybird 10842 I have been taking them up during the day I'll leave them there till night for a week and see if that is the problem
     
  6. steny03

    steny03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 girls...and 5 of them like to lay in the nest box. I have one that prefers to do it in a corner...obviously it's the corner furthest from the door into the coop....

    I second the idea about leaving the eggs in there a bit longer each day. I work 10 hour days...so I don't pick my eggs up until late afternoon. I've found that on days I work, the eggs all tend to be in the same spot...well, except for the one hen....
     

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