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laying eggs on ground

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chick1150, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. chick1150

    chick1150 In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2010
    My hen has been laying eggs since Feb. in her nesting box and she has just starting to lay the in the run on the ground. iIs this normal?
  2. math ace

    math ace Crowing

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    mine too. I think in my case this happens when somebody is in their favorite nesting box. I have plenty of nesting boxes, but all 8 hens will lay their eggs in 0ne of two boxes.

    I, also, think this could be happening because of the heat. The ground is cooler than the nesting boxes in the middle of the afternoon. I have seen some of my hens sitting on the nest and panting because of the heat. It has been over 100 F a few days recently. I think a few hens say "Oh No" to the heat and find a nice cool pile of dirt to lay their egg on instead.
  3. bigspringshatchery

    bigspringshatchery Songster

    Jun 26, 2010
    Roanoke Alabama
    My RIRs did this for a while. I would get mad cause they would lay in the mud and all over the run. Luckly all eggs have been in the boxes for the past two months. But I think it's like math ace said it might be bc another hen is in their favorite box or they are getting picked on an run out of a box. I had a younger hen that I had to set there while she was in the box or her mom would grab her by the neck and throw her out.

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