I've also found a nest under the coop with about 15 bantam eggs in it! I wondered why she had stopped laying!also had one hen come running out of the coop in the morning and drop an egg as she went! It broke of course!.My 24/25 week old lavender orpington named Dori and suspected ameracauna mix named Lexi started laying about 3 weeks ago.
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We have 4 nest boxes in our coop and after locking them in the coop and run for 2 days when they first started, they’ve finally figured out to lay in them… or have they? Lexi is very diligent when she lays, every morning in the first nest box you’ll see one of her longer tan eggs, a shade darker than Dori’s. Dori on the other hand isnt. For a few days she was laying in the same nest box as Lexi and we’d find both their eggs in there but that’s not the case anymore! Dori likes to change it up, for a while she was laying in a garden box in on the back deck. Two days ago she laid in a flower pot in the front deck, making chicken sized holes in not one but both of the flower pots.
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Today?? She laid on the little stand we have outside the back patio door, she scratched up the cheap table cloth and plopped one down!
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The bones here are some bird bones we found on a trail and left them outside to dry… but I honestly think it adds to the effect.
Tomorrow? Who knows! I honestly don’t mind doing a literal egg hunt to find her eggs as I know if I do miss one it’ll go back to the earth or my dog will pick it up. If it does become an issue then the girls will be scheduled for another couple days locked back in the coop!
So what’s the weirdest place your hen has laid?