UTOH! Can't lay from up there!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CoyoteMagic, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I'm having a problem with my eggs right now. 2 of the 8 girls are now laying. Both have very thin shell. I'm getting some oyster shells tomorrow to help with that.

    The other problem is a little trickier. Somebody is laying while setting on a perch! I've found 2 eggs under one perch about 2 days a part. How do I stop her (whoever she is) from laying her eggs from up there?!!! [​IMG]
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Have you tried putting a fake egg in the nesting box to kind of show her where they go?

    This worked like a charm for me.
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Yup! Got golf balls in one and fake eggs in the other 2. One has figure out what to do with the nest, the other one hasn't
  4. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Is she a first time layer? If so, her body just hasn't regulated yet and she is droping eggs in her sleep, probably. Once her body regulates itself she'll begin laying during the day and not when she's on the roost.
  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:Yup, my girls are almost 22 weeks. One Black sexie is laying real pretty eggs, although the shells are a bit thin. I don't think she is the one on the roost. There is one more with a comb as big as hers that hangs out on that roost with a RRI. I don't think it's the RRI. Both of those eggs were just surrounded by a membrane and not a hard shell.
  6. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    I have no suggestions. Was hoping to read someone else's suggestions. We had a really stupid chicken once, she would fly up to the porch rafters and lay her egg from up there, 8feet in the air. Never got to eat her eggs.
  7. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Once you figure out who it is....I wonder if it would work to somehow confine her to a small area with a nest box...to see if she gets the idea.

    It would be a shame if you never get to eat her eggs like newguineachooks !

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