Secret hiding place (picture heavy)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jrleader99, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. jrleader99

    jrleader99 Songster

    I have noticed that my egg production has slowly been dropping off from 20-24 eggs per day and today we only got 12 eggs and one hen was missing. So I figured I had better investigate.

    The rafter area of my shed converted to coop is being used to store a few bales of straw until I need to use them. As I have used them throughout the winter I have noticed the chickens have found that they could get to the rafters and a few time onto the straw. Well with the missing hen and eggs I figured I had better send my 9 year old to investigate.



    Well look what we found.




    A total of 17 eggs that were on top of and between the bales of straw but that was not all.




    Our missing EE. She must have at least a dozen or more eggs under her.

    This is my first time with a broody hen, let alone a broody hen that is up that high. I put some water and feed up there with her. Is there anything else that I should be aware of to make sure that she and the chicks (if she goes that far) have a good successful hatch?
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2010
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Iffin it were me, I would move her and her eggs. This can be done at night. I'd be too worried about chicks falling from that height.
  3. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

    Sep 12, 2009
    Nor Cal
    That was my first thought as well.
  4. mendygnl

    mendygnl Chirping

    Sep 3, 2009
    Glidden, IA
    Has she been with a rooster? [​IMG]
  5. FortWorthChicks

    FortWorthChicks Songster

    Nov 21, 2009
    Fort Worth
    [​IMG] That is so funny! Stash and a half of eggs. It looks like Easter up there with all the different eggs. Thanks for sharing the pictures. [​IMG]
  6. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks Songster

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    wow...WOW! lol the case of the missing eggs and the missing EE! [​IMG] Fun post! [​IMG]
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Good question! I guess that should come first huh? [​IMG]
  8. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Songster

    Oct 4, 2009
    Oh she looks so cute on her giant nest!! [​IMG]
  9. chseeads

    chseeads Songster

    May 28, 2009
    Bloomington, Indiana
    I would let her stay up there and just keep an eye on her.
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Wow, she's really determined. I'd bet there's more than a dozen under her, judging from all the eggs that are around her that she can't cover. I hope for her sake, that those are fertile eggs. [​IMG]

    I haven't had a broody yet, but I'd probably move her. ETA: How long has she been "missing"?
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