Strange New Layer

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Hteeter2, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. Hteeter2

    Hteeter2 Songster

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    My newest laying hen tried to hide under the ramp that goes into the coop. Safe to say she couldn't fit under the ramp more than to stick her head under it. I thought it was weird.... I went into the coop looking for eggs, and from inside the coop lifted the ramp to make sure she was alive. She looked at me weird, so I put the ramp back down leaving her be. Going back out of the coop I was walking past the run to see she had laid an egg. Hopefully this was a one time deal, and she'll start laying in the coop with the others.
     
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  2. Sagey_7878

    Sagey_7878 Songster

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    So what’s yours question? Some hens don’t like to lay in the nest boxes!
     
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  3. makena

    makena In the Brooder

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    Good. But do you have any inquiry? Best to have hay for laying eggs if she doesn't like nest boxes.
     
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  4. Hteeter2

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    No question... I was just sharing a story about my new layer that I found odd.
     
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  5. Hteeter2

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    This was me sharing and nothing more. I'm just getting into chickens this year, so I like to share my experiences. I got a good chuckle out of it and thought someone else might find it funny too.
     
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  6. Kale Chips

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    For the first time ever I saw my "coming of age" pullet check out the nesting boxes! Am hoping for some eggs soon! I'm just hoping she doesn't lay outside or in the yard like yours did ;) I am not really up for egg hunts! Have you tried putting a golf ball in the nesting box to show her where to lay? I have heard that can help :p
     
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  7. Hteeter2

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    I've heard about using golf balls, but I haven't tried it just yet. Plus we have had a lot of rain around here, and I think it might have something to do with the wacky behavior.
     
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  8. lazy gardener

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    Well, she got it half right. She was seeking a secluded spot to lay an egg. She just didn't tuck the right part of her body into the secluded spot. Next time she does it, tap her on her heiney and say, "Gertrude.... Peek-a-boo! I can still SEE you!!!"
     
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  9. when hens are new to the egg laying business, i think it takes them by surprise and it takes them some time to get adjusted to know what is going on, and what they are supposed to do. i have found first eggs out in the yard, like the hen did not understand what was happening.
    i have 6 nest boxes and 3 golf balls in each. the presence of eggs (golf balls) let the hen know this is an acceptable and safe place to lay eggs (other hens have found it so). Make your nest boxes dark and private with plenty of straw. i have seen some people put curtains on them.
    have fun!
     
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  10. Kale Chips

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    Ha! So much for my golf ball trick! My hen laid her first egg today...RIGHT smack dab in the middle of the coop floor. Oops :lau:th
     
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