Laying from the roost?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickcaan, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. Chickcaan

    Chickcaan Hatching

    Nov 15, 2009
    Would a chicken actually lay an egg while roosting? Our two Rhode Island Reds just started laying last weekend. We've had no eggs in the next boxes - we left the first egg in there for a hint. I also dropped the nest boxes down the ground so they could just walk into them. No luck. The eggs are always underneath the area where all 8 hens are roosting. Three times now, they've looked like they were laid from the roost and splatted when they hit the floor. What should I do? All the chickens are 5.5 months old: two Rhode Island Reds, 2 Comets and 4 Araucanas.


  2. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    If a chicken lays from a roosting pole, the egg would probably break unless there is loads of bedding.

    Try putting fake eggs in the nesting boxes, and it will encourage them that its a safe place to lay.

    Good luck!! [​IMG]

    Also, [​IMG]

    I've just noticed you've tried putting their eggs in there for a hint, but becuase you probably had to take it out after a while, fake eggs would be more practical [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2009
  3. chickenvirgin

    chickenvirgin In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2009
    Blaine Lake, SK
    It took awhile for mine to figure out a routine. Sometimes the eggs where on the poop board( we thought they didn't know whether they needed to poop or lay an egg..LOL!) ,on the floor or in the grass but they all figured it out and now they all use the boxes. Give them time it will all work out![​IMG]
  4. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    Quote:To add to your post eggsrool, you could also use golfballs in the eggboxes too.
  5. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Yes, well pointed out Maxx. Anything round will do that resembles the shape on an egg [​IMG]
  6. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Songster

    My young chickens have done this a few times, mostly when they first started laying, but I have deep wood shavings in the coop under the roosts (mostly so my heavy breed chickens will have a little softer landing, but also for insulation, etc) and the eggs have fallen but not broken. I don't think it's particularly uncommon, but they'll figure it out.
  7. laruec

    laruec In the Brooder

    Apr 4, 2009
    my 5 hens just started laying
    The 2 brown leghorns I have keep laying from the roost- I've only gotten 2 eggs from them that were in the boxes. A couple of my hens have laid soft eggs too, but that seems to be over.

  8. kipper

    kipper Songster

    Our's just started to lay and are doing this, too. We hope they get the idea soon, too!

    RAREROO Crowing

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    I think I've had my turkeys do this too, the eggs were on the ground under where they roost but they landed on the soft ground and did not break, at least I think that's what was happening.
  10. My oldest bird has been laying for almost 2 months, but I have a varied aged flock. Some of the young ones are just coming to POL. In the past 3 weeks I've had 6 of 7 soft shelled eggs layed from the roost onto the droppings board beneath it. Only one soft shelled egg was found in the nesting boxes. All of the hard shelled eggs were in the nest boxes. With soft shelled eggs, I don't think they always realize its an egg and not just a big poop![​IMG] Hopefully, once their systems regulate everything, they'll be using the box and having nice hard shelled eggs:flf I'm giving them plenty of free choice oyster shell, along with Purina Layena. I also have put some ACV w/mother in their water. Good Luck!

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