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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wolf3080, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Wolf3080

    Wolf3080 Hatching

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    I have 1 hen that has started to lay. She laid 5 eggs then stopped. The past 2 days I have seen in the nest box but when I looked later, there was no egg and no evidence of a soft shelled egg. I was not expecting eggs for about another month so they just got started on layer feed and I put oyster shell in the run yesterday. They do free range also, but this morning all 6 came out into my yard and about a 1/2 hour later I noticed 1 missing, I peeked into the coop and she was in a nest box, but no egg.
    Is there something wrong or is this normal when they first start to lay?​
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing 5 Years

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    That's pretty normal. You could go a whole week before she starts again or get one then skip 3-4 days, 2 eggs skip 2 days...Nothing to worry about.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

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    It's perfectly normal. I'm going through the same thing now with a new layer. She laid her first egg waited a week, then laid 2 days in a row and then stopped again. Give her time, she will start laying regularly soon.
     

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