newbie with behavior question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by scbymar, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. scbymar

    scbymar Hatching

    Sep 16, 2008
    Hi Everyone,

    I'm a new chicken owner of 6 hens and am loving it. I never knew they had such personalities! I have 2 light brahmas and 2 arucanas that are at 5 months and are starting to lay. One of the arucanas who I thought had not started laying actually has been laying outside the nesting boxes I have provided for them while a coop is being built. Now, the other three actually take turns to use one box and I can usually collect 3 eggs a day. I finally found this problem hen's hiding spot only to find her sitting on 15 green eggs. Not knowing how old they were, I threw them all out while she was sitting on them. Now that I have disturbed her, I have no idea where she is now laying. Should I have left her alone? Was I wrong? Could she have stopped laying because of what I did? I have searched high and low around my 5 acres and cannot find anything. I would think she would have found another place close to the other one where it is safe but I've found nothing. Why cant she just follow like the rest of them. I have even left the eggs in for a day so she'd be sure to see them but no luck. I keep threatening to eat her!!!!Will she be forced to lay if I keep her cooped up for the day? Their housing right now is just a tack room in the barn with food, water, and two laying boxes on the ground so she'd be pretty miserable not going out for a whole day...not to mention not being able to frolick outside and eat bugs and steal cat food from my cat! Any advice or help would be appreciated only because I am losing a green egg a day and probably feeding a lot of unwanted predators. Thank you all for your replies.

    MaryAnn [​IMG]
  2. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    She may have went all broody on yeah. Has she been stuck in one spot for long since you did that, or disappeared at all for long periods of time?

    P.S. - WELCOME!!!!!!!!!
  3. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    You need to keep her in the room for a week so she will learn where to lay. I had a hen that was laying in my neighbors compost pile. I kept her in the coop/run for a week and since then she has been laying in the nest. She probably found another place to lay, so good luck in finding the eggs. But, seriously, keep the hens penned up for a week at least. Maybe she got tired of waiting for a nesting box to open up! Hopefully, you'll get the coop finished soon and the hens settled in. Welcome to BYC!
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2008
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    When they sit on eggs, they stop laying, and it might take a while till they start again.

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