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Laying from roost, NOT soft-shelled

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pixie74943, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any reason A hen would lay from the roost? If they were soft shelled I could understand her dropping them without noticing, but why would she lay strong shelled eggs from the roost

    Oh and even though I say strong shelled, they cracked when I put a board under to try and convince her to lay elsewhere. The shells are to strong to have broken from hen height, so it must have come off the roost..
     
  2. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen my girls drop eggs right where they are without noticing them while they are free ranging. On occasion I find an egg under the roost. I think chickens really don't give a hoot where their eggs go sometimes.

    Make sure your nests are higher than the roost, that usually helps.
     
  3. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a hen doing the same thing, not laying the egg, just dropping it. I am hoping as she matures a little she will start using the nest box.
     
  4. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OOPS>>>>> I meant make sure that the nest are LOWER than the roosts. [​IMG]
     
  5. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the nests are definately lower, on the ground actually. My Leghorn actually uses the side of the box as a boost to get onto the roost :p
     

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