Laying Eggs While Sleeping-help

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by flippinggoldfis, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. flippinggoldfis

    flippinggoldfis Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a chicken that has just started laying. She has laid 3 eggs so far, but all while perched on the roost and sleeping. The eggs hit the coop floor and splatter in the poop below the roost. Any tips on getting her to stop laying eggs during bedtime? Is this something that she will grow out of?
     
  2. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Egg laying is a whole lot of steps that have to come together in an assembly line In the beginning some of the steps are still out of sync. This is all new to the girls,and sometimes one of the things that can happen is that they don't know they're laying an egg - to them they're just sleeping on the roost and pooping. Patience - they'll get it right!
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Agreed! - its takes some chickens a while to get into the swing of things and nothing to worry about.
    CT
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    How are your nests set up?
    Easy to get into and out of?
    Some fake eggs and/or golf balls in there to show them where to lay?
    Do you have older hens too?
     
  5. flippinggoldfis

    flippinggoldfis Out Of The Brooder

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    My nests are easy access. She is my oldest hen, the others are still too young to lay. I started over with a new flock after a raccoon destroyed my whole flock last year. So, she has no older examples. I will try the golf ball trick, thanks!
     

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