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What happened to the eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bloom chicks, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. bloom chicks

    bloom chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today I had 2 of my hens in there nesting box " I thought they were laying an egg" I went to go get them and there were no eggs. One was my EE (my only EE) and a BO. What do you think that could be about? Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sometimes if you disturb them, they will just leave the nest without laying. Or maybe one of them was having a "false alarm" or was just in there because she saw the other bird go in.

    It happens a lot :) That's why I try not to check the eggs until evening. Had too many times where the birds will leave the nest if you disturb them.
     
  3. Jajika

    Jajika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah:

    Even if you don't disturb them, sometimes the chickens just have a "false alarm."

    I've seen this often. And sometimes something distracts them.

    If they are going to lay, they will lay.
     
  4. tamberlin

    tamberlin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours are just getting done with molting and starting to get into "that laying mood" again. I see some of them going inside the coop and going through all the motions, but not back to laying all the way yet.
     
  5. bloom chicks

    bloom chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the responses. It it just weird. My EE hasn't layed now for 2 days. Which isn't like her at all. She lays for 3 days then off one then lays for 3 days so I don't know what is going on. I have noticed that my flock seems very skittish lately. We have had 3 hawks just hanging out around my yard. There seems to be alot more of them this year. [​IMG] Could that be why they aren't laying as well? Also, I have had a neighbor's turkey that insists on hanging out with my flock. [​IMG]
     
  6. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hawks begin to pair up at this time of year, so they're more visible while they're "on show." Once they pair up they'll be less visible and more spread out.
     
  7. bloom chicks

    bloom chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they hanging out because they smell the eggs developing under my 2nd broody? I noticed that when my 5 week old chicks were about to hatch. My rooster and a hawk went at it on the day the chicks were born.
     
  8. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think so. Hawks are visual hunters primarily, followed by auditory. Of course, there might be some visual (or auditory) cue related to what you describe.
     

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