phantom pregnancy

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by motherspet, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. motherspet

    motherspet New Egg

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    My 24 week old brown isa had started to lay eggs. What joy. I got 7 eggs so far and now - nothing. Sometimes I hear her "just laid an egg cackle" and I rush out, still nothing. I wonder if hens can have a phantom "pregnancy". There is no rooster. All I know about chickens I learned here. Any advise would be welcome.
     
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When they first start laying, pullets have a lot of "misses." Someone said that it takes awhile for the plumbing to work right. That's about it.

    I read that as many as 40% of the first ova are reabsorbed rather than continuing to develop into an egg. How this is known, I'm not sure.

    The cackling is sometimes for other reasons than egg-laying. For instance, it may mean, "Someone is in my favorite nest box! Make her leave!"

    Steve
     
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  3. motherspet

    motherspet New Egg

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    digitS' :

    When they first start laying, pullets have a lot of "misses." Someone said that it takes awhile for the plumbing to work right. That's about it.

    I read that as many as 40% of the first ova are reabsorbed rather than continuing to develop into an egg. How this is known, I'm not sure.

    The cackling is sometimes for other reasons than egg-laying. For instance, it may mean, "Someone is in my favorite nest box! Make her leave!"

    Steve

    Wow that was quick. Thank you for the reasurance that she is not egg bound. I still have 3 other ladies that you a bit younger and have not yet laid. So this particular brownie has not even a fave nest box. Just on the floor in front of the door! I put a big black planting tub at its side and put straw in it and 2 golf balls. The plastic eggs are on its way. She totally ignores it. Hope the other ones will be more choosy.​
     

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