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Only one hen laying in box, can't find the other's eggs.....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mehpenn, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. Mehpenn

    Mehpenn In the Brooder

    Mar 1, 2011
    Gastonia, NC
    I've got a dog house full of hay in an empty stall in my barn.

    The hen that way laying in the hay stall is laying there now, luckily.

    But the other hens, I can't find their eggs? They free range, so I know they could be anywhere, but I've looked closely in the places I see them going often, and find nothing.

    If I put another box in the stall, would they lay there, since one hen is already laying there?

    One egg a day is just not cutting it. LOLOLOL

  2. CarolynF

    CarolynF Songster

    May 11, 2011
    Puget Sound
    My Coop
    Obviously they're hiding them. There's no sure answer, may try setting the new box higher off the floor, or in a more secluded spot. Most of the time 3 or 4 hens will share the same nest box, so don't worry about the "already using it" issure. Good luck! [​IMG]
  3. Mehpenn

    Mehpenn In the Brooder

    Mar 1, 2011
    Gastonia, NC
    I can't help but think they've got to be laying somewhere near the barn... .they're always together.
    I Know the one hen lays usually between 10 and 11.... so would the other hens lay around that same time?
    I've even caught her walking out of the box, with the others standing there watching her.
  4. shelleen

    shelleen In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2011
    Little sneaks! I've got the same mystery on my hands. My 1 yr. olds have been on strike since the young pullets started laying. I miss those beautiful blue eggs!! We have a small gully in the woods on our land that they love to hang out in. I hear their songs there A LOT and have searched fruitlessly many times for eggs. The dog left a golf ball in there, & got me excited one day [​IMG]

    They sure aren't paying their feed bill [​IMG]
  5. tanjaj

    tanjaj Hatching

    Sep 18, 2015
    [​IMG]lol, my dog did the sme thing wih the golf balls, an I was so EXCITED ugh!!! Good to know I wasn't the only one duped by a canine!!

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