silly hen stands to lay egg I think

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by StellaLenoir, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. StellaLenoir

    StellaLenoir Out Of The Brooder

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    Our only EE hen has just started laying

    so far 2 lovely green eggs:p

    But.......both have had a small impact type crack? Shells on all are nice, and no one else has had crack issues.

    Is it a new layer thing?

    I have lots of hay in the nest area, but they move it and lay on the wood. and of course all in the same spot, but they almost always take turns.

    Any ideas on how to stop the cracking?

    I love my green eggs!!!

    Thanks![​IMG]
     
  2. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
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    My GLW does the exact same thing and every egg has a small crack on the small end. [​IMG] She scratches and shoves until she is down to bare wood then lays her egg. [​IMG] I am thinking of lining the nest with those straw pads they use to ship chicks.....she CAN'T scratch that out. [​IMG] I thought they all stand (well, squat) to lay eggs???
     
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  3. StellaLenoir

    StellaLenoir Out Of The Brooder

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    I think my other girls squat closer to the floor of the nest. I peek at them and they are almost just sitting there. This girl stands legs straight.

    Maybe she is letting gravity suck the egg out! LOL!!

    I love watching all the girls, they are so interested when someone else gos into lay. Looking and worring and fussing all around. I can always tell when to go look for some.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. TundraChick

    TundraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have this same problem, doesnt matter how much litter is in the box. Everyone she lays is cracked. Now add 2 broodies, one egg eater and 2 deaths this spring I am down from 7 a day to a whopping 2! Ugg!
     
  5. mooman

    mooman Dirty Egg Eater

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    I was having the same problem (with an EE no less). I put an old towl down under the straw. That solved the problem.
     
  6. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    I cut up the padded (kid's kind) placemat and put it in the nest boxes to prevent eggs cracking. So far so good!! Chickens don't mind sponge bob square pants or Dora in there nest boxes. And yes, I still put straw in the nests.
     
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I think all chickens kinda stand when they lay..... Mine all do!
     
  8. fivebigreds

    fivebigreds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have pieces of old carpet in my nest and i believe all hens stand to lay.
     
  9. chickenman7

    chickenman7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all mine stand to lay
     

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