Trying to lay...should I be worried?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lizzy14, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. lizzy14

    lizzy14 Chirping

    Jun 9, 2011
    Rochester area/WNY
    It appears that one of our 4-month-old BLRW hens is trying to lay her first egg, but it's been over 24 hours since she started camping out in the same spot in the coop. She did move away from her spot briefly when I was down there yesterday and there was no egg. Should we be concerned? Is it normal for the first egg to take a long time and effort for the hen?

  2. Blueicebird

    Blueicebird Chirping

    Jul 12, 2011
    Watkins Glen
    4 months seems awefully soon for an egg. She may be playing house and just getting use to the nesting deal. Mine didn't lay till almost 7 months.
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I have had a couple of birds start laying at 4 months but most were 5 and 6 months old. They do investigate prior. How does the comb and wattles look and does she squat for you? When the combs and wattles get nice and red and she starts squatting eggs are coming soon.
  4. Jajika

    Jajika Songster

    Dec 24, 2007
    Northern California
    I agree she may be emulating your other birds and exploring the nest box.

    Not much you should do. Just let her be as you really don't have control.

    I wouldn't lock her out of the coop because then she may find a "secret spot" and you won't know where
    she is, assuming you have bushes etc.

    She'll do what she needs to do. Trust nature here.
  5. lizzy14

    lizzy14 Chirping

    Jun 9, 2011
    Rochester area/WNY
    Thanks for your responses. I am a bit concerned about her health, because she is acting strange - not roosting with the rest of the group, not moving very well. It looks like some of the other ones have been pecking her comb. She is such a little beauty, I hope she isn't sick [​IMG] Is there anything we can do to help her?

  6. WillowTreeFarm

    WillowTreeFarm In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2011
    I can't speak to the other symptoms, but is it cold where you are? If so, it could be frostbite on her comb. Just a thought to keep in mind....
  7. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Songster

    Aug 30, 2010
    S.E. Michigan
    Quote:I'd observe her carefully. She may be ill, in which case I would refer you to the emergencies/diseases section. If you are able to give details, someone usually helps out. Good Luck, hope she's okay.

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