Sporadic laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Littleblessings, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. Littleblessings

    Littleblessings Out Of The Brooder

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    My white leghorn started laying 2 weeks ago. We were getting an egg at least every other day the first week. And she was laying them in the coop in a corner the first few times and then the nesting basket a couple of times. Now we haven't seen an egg in 6 days. Is this normal? They free range all day, should I be egg hunting or can they go this long without laying once they start?
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    New layers can be pretty sporadic, but with a White Leghorn, especially if it is a commercial type bird, I would be going on an egg hunt. My hatchery WLs are really really bad at hiding nests.
     
  3. Littleblessings

    Littleblessings Out Of The Brooder

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    Went on a hunt. Found a best of 6 beautiful white eggs :). How do I train her to stop doing this?
     
  4. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd pop some plastic or ceramic eggs into her nesting box (to give her the idea of where it is appropriate to lay) and then lock her in the coop for a couple for days.

    I know it sounds harsh, but I think she has to re-learn where she should be laying - and it's not in her secret nest!

    Good luck, and well done on finding her stash!

    Krista
     

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