Perching egg-layer

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chickengirl411, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Chickengirl411

    Chickengirl411 New Egg

    Jan 26, 2013
    Greetings! I live in Michigan and am new to the group. I have three hens, two are Ameracauna and one is a Black Australorp/Orpington (I think). My Ameracauna's are laying almost every day and my Black AO is laying about three eggs a week, but she is doing something weird.She won't lay an egg in the nesting box, or anywhere else in the coop. Instead, she hops up on her perch and drops her eggs from there. Yesterday I heard her making a really loud noise so I held my hands under her perch and she dropped her egg. I caught it! But all the other days, she has dropped the eggs to the floor of the coop and most of them have broken. Then the other hens eat them. Help! Why is my chicken doing this? I have tried pulling her off her perch and putting her into the nesting box but she gets really upset and just flies back up to the perch. Her name is Bubbles and she is really sweet. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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  2. chickentooth

    chickentooth Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 30, 2012
    Hartland, Michigan
    Multiple things can be going on.

    The simplest one and most likely is that she isn't allowed in the nesting box by one or more of the other chickens, she is just going by what she feels from her social statuts in the group. I would make or get her another place to lay, the most comfortable place right now is obviously on the perch so close to there would be a good place.

    The other option is similar but instead of being the one low in pecking order she is higher and doesn't want to give up her spot on the perch to anyone else.

    And of course there is also the fact that some young birds don't care for eggs very well it can take time for her to realize she is doing something wrong and when she figures it out all will be well.

    Just my input hope it helps.
  3. Chickengirl411

    Chickengirl411 New Egg

    Jan 26, 2013
    Thank you for the info. I do think that she is the lowest in the pecking order. Is it possible that she is scared about laying eggs? Again thank you for the info.
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Put lots of clean fluffy bedding beneath the roosts - that way the egg will not break. On her own she should get the idea of using the nest boxes.
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  9. Chickengirl411

    Chickengirl411 New Egg

    Jan 26, 2013
    Thank you to everybody!

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