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Nesting, then egg song.. but no egg!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jnine, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. jnine

    jnine In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2009
    The Great South East
    Hi all,

    I have a 18 month old RIR hen who has always been a good layer. The past maybe six weeks she has not laid. The other hens slowed down also, but we put this down to the extraordinarily wet weather we have had here (the city even flooded this week - luckily we are on high ground). The sun has finally come out and the RIR has started going back to the nest as if to lay, but sitting there for about 30 mins before coming out of the coop singing her normal 'egg song' and taking a drink and then going about her normal business - but no egg!

    This has gone on several times. She is eating well, drinking well and pooping normally. Her diet and general behaviour have not changed. They all free-range during the day in our large backyard, eating the very green grass while having free access to the coop with pellets, shell grit and fresh water. Their diet is also supplemented with fresh veggie scraps.

    Any ideas??

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    *bump* [​IMG]
  3. farmerChef

    farmerChef Songster

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern Georgia
    My Coop
    maybe she's getting ready to lay again? One of my hens has just starting doing that, so I'm hoping for my first egg from her this week.
  4. featherbaby

    featherbaby Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL 32210
    As we say in the south....."She's fixin' to get ready".

    Sometimes you just have to practice before you commit.
  5. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Songster

    Oct 9, 2010
    YOu know how before women go into labour they get several "scares".......? [​IMG]
  6. oconnorfamily25

    oconnorfamily25 Chirping

    Jul 19, 2010
    Is she molting?
  7. mgw

    mgw Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    She is just doing a few dry runs lol.

  8. chickenology

    chickenology Chirping

    Dec 3, 2010
    Could she be laying internally?? Not sure if they sing the egg song if laying internally though.
  9. jnine

    jnine In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2009
    The Great South East
    She did the same again today... and she's not moulting. Not sure about laying internally either. She was funny when she first started laying - she nested and sang the egg song and walked out of the coop. I ran over and there was no egg! Walking back to the house she stopped, and her first egg just 'fell out' while she looked utterley confused.

    Fingers crossed it's not a serious problem....
  10. abhaya

    abhaya Songster

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    lol I bet she is just getting back into the swing of things.

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