Now this is just plain weird...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by raro, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. raro

    raro In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2010
    I have a red sex-link hen that I've wondered about...if she's "all there." She sometimes doesn't seem to respond the way the others do, and we've wondered if she's blind, or deaf, or just...really not too bright...! Well, on occasion I've noticed a smashed egg in the bottom of the coop, which she and the other hens will peck at if I don't clean it up quick (I've worried that she will teach them egg-eating), but I couldn't figure out what was going on. Well, today I opened the coop and my other girls happily scattered to the run, and this one just sat on the perch glaring at me. She wasn't in the nesting box, just sitting there on a perch. So I thought maybe she didn't feel like jumping down today, so I gently picked her up and put her on the ground. Well, as I did so, plop! An egg fell right out of her butt and smashed on the ground!

    I've never heard of a hen that had no idea when she was laying?!? Or who would rather lay from a perch than a nesting box?! No wonder the eggs were smashing! Has anyone ever heard of this or have a clue what to do about it?!?

  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I don't have any answers for you but that got my husband to laugh out loud and he almost never does. He also doesn't find chickens at all amusing.
  3. Impress

    Impress Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    Gray, TN
    I hate to label her as a crazy chicken, but as that kind of behavior warrants a padded coop, she may be a little crazy! [​IMG] Maybe you can find her a tiny straight jacket to go along with her needed padded coop.

    I had a free roamer that liked to lay her eggs in the holes in a cinder block fence, was cleaning out the bird houses on a ladder and looked over to the fence to see the holes just jam packed with eggs, wasted around 30 eggs she did!
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I suggest Chicken Prozac. [​IMG]

    I have no clue, but laying from the roost has been posted before.


  5. raisingkidsandchickens

    raisingkidsandchickens In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2011
    One of mine did the same thing sitting on a perch outside the coop. I thought that was the craziest thing I'd ever seen! She hasn't done it again that I've noticed.
  6. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Songster

    Mar 15, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    My group just started laying a couple weeks ago and have found 2 under the roost. I have a poop pan full of sand under there so they eggs have no broken. I hope she gets it together and gets in the box.
  7. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    [​IMG] that just made my night
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2011

  8. raro

    raro In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2010
    Impress, that made me laugh...the holes in the cinder blocks?!? Maybe she was part squirrel.[​IMG]

    Hmmm...maybe I need to put some padding at the bottom of the coop...I think the other hens would ignore an egg sitting there, but once it's smashed, they'll start getting curious.
  9. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    [​IMG] [​IMG] Mystery solved! [​IMG]

  10. Firefighter Chick

    Firefighter Chick Songster

    May 8, 2011
    Southeast Minnesota
    make sure the nest boxes are clean and inviting and bug free.

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