Secret hiding place (picture heavy)

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

  1. jrleader99

    jrleader99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.

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    Well look what we found.

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

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    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?
     
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  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    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

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    That was my first thought as well.
     
  4. mendygnl

    mendygnl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has she been with a rooster? [​IMG]
     
  5. FortWorthChicks

    FortWorthChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​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 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

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    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!

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    Quote:Good question! I guess that should come first huh? [​IMG]
     
  8. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    chseeads Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would let her stay up there and just keep an eye on her.
     
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    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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