My funny Dominique hen can't lay while sitting!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pia11, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. pia11

    pia11 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2012
    I am sorry if this is a redundant post/question - but my Dominique sits and sits, but can only get her egg out
    after she has gotten off of the nesting box and begins to move around. Her eggs come most of the way down the vent, but need
    a little help from gravity to complete the job. She walks around a bit, and out plops the egg (yes, usually cracked).
    My daughter first witnessed it, and I was dubious that it wasn't an embellished tale - but I have now seen it over and over again
    with my own eyes.
    I guess I'd like to know if anyone has had a hen with similar habits? and also - I am thinking of breeding her in the spring
    with a friend's Dominique rooster, and I am wondering if her laying abilities would be a strike against her DNA.
    She is a whip-smart hen, and so sweet. I would love to see her with her chicks - but have never done any breeding before...
    any thoughts would be much appreciated.
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Well, she's not far off normal, as all hens stand to lay their eggs. Maybe she's got Restless Leg Syndrome? ;)

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