What is the strangest place your hens have laid an egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Windy Ridge, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. Windy Ridge

    Windy Ridge Songster

    Oct 3, 2007
    One of my Wheaten Ameraucanas has just begun laying. She clearly hasn't gotten the hang of it, yet. The first day she flew up into the ledge of a window and tried to lay her egg there. It rolled off and broke on the concrete below. [​IMG]

    Today I watched her looking all around for a place to lay... she was clearly confused by the strange, new feeling she was having that was telling her she needed a private place.

    She checked out every corner near the coop while the need to lay was getting more and more pressing. She complained loudly as she walked around, unsure of what her instincts were telling her. Finally she walked to the middle of our (private and safe) dirt road to stand in the middle of a mud puddle. I told my husband I thought it looked like she was just going to lay it right in the middle of the road: there she was, half hunkered down, feathers ruffled, looking entirely miserable.

    "She wouldn't lay in the middle of the road," he said, and I had to agree.

    "She must just be uncomfortable by the new feeling of being ready to lay," I reasoned.

    We looked outside again not 10 minutes later, and there it was: she had indeed laid it right in the middle of the road, plop in a mud puddle!


    What a pretty egg it was, but what a silly girl! Even when I said I thought she was going to lay it right there, I didn't really believe it. I guess I'm getting better at understanding chicken-speak. Now I need to work on [​IMG] what they tell me!

    I'm sure there are some other funny stories connected with strange places hens have laid. Who else has a good one?
  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    [​IMG] yup.this girl loved this flower pot........
  3. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    Up here [​IMG]


    She layed 5 in a nest while we were away for Christmas, and must have got mad that I found them.
  4. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    i found a hoarded nest of ten or so under my house.
  5. HenHaven

    HenHaven Songster

    Mar 3, 2007
    Coarsegold, CA
    My little EE, Hootie, managed to lay 20 eggs before we found her stash. My husband was working on our boat, and she found a safe place underneath the discarded transom cover. She is a real character.
  6. mamaboyd

    mamaboyd Songster

    Jun 6, 2007
    Under a pile of wood and also on a bench:rolleyes:
  7. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho
    Hey Cara there was someone earlier asking if chickens could fly over a 4 foot fence,I guess they didnt see your picture
  8. Blackie has been known to lay inside the boat under the cover, when we went out fishing there was an egg rolling up and down with the wave motion!!!I had to throw it overboard just in case it broke and stunk us out!!!
  9. Mac

    Mac Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    South Central PA
    okiechick57 - I remember that pic from a while ago. Its one of my favorites. She looks so determined and at the same time so cute!
  10. reveriereptile

    reveriereptile Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Northern NY
    We had a RIR hen that laid a big pile of eggs in our wood burning furnance out in the garage during the summer. Had about 20 eggs but they weren't any good. Probably to many eggs to take care of and got knocked around to much.

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