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What was THAT all about??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by I have WHAT in my yard?, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    As many of you know. I am sick. Like decide soon if I should be culled sick!

    But, DH was at work and at 5:30 I hear all this racket from the coop. It sounds to me like the "I'm laying an egg" noise. AT least that is what I think that pattern bawk is. But, the light in the coop is still off and it's an hour and a half from sunrise! Then the whole flock gets going!

    SO, I tear down stairs. I call the dog to scare off whatever could be attacking my flock. I put on snow boots, wrap myself in DHs fleece jacket and grab a flashlight. Stupid dog spots some deer and takes off in the wrong direction! SO I check the coop and sure enough they're all wide awake and one is standing in front of the nesting box buc buc buc buc bagawk buc buc buc. at the top of her lungs!! No egg.

    Ten minutes later they're all settled down and quiet. By 7AM I went and looked, and sure enough, there was an egg.

    Would she lay before sunrise? Would the whole flock get up to support her, or were they yelling at her to lay it and go back to sleep already? What was THAT all about??

  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Yes, they can lay before sunrise. I had to add a nightlight in my coop because I was finding eggs laid, outside the nestboxes at 4:30 a.m., because it was to dark to see anything.

    What all the commotion was about? Hard to say. Sometimes mine carryon and when I go check alls okay. It's probably a case of some squabble or another-just like children.

    I'm not sure what your sick with but, I sure hope you get better soon.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2008
  3. flakey chick

    flakey chick Songster

    May 3, 2007
    She probably just really had to go. The others were telling her to shut the cluck up and go back to bed.
  4. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    LOL !!! It sounds like a comedy show in your chicken coop [​IMG]
  5. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    Maybe she realized she needed to lay, and someone was in 'her' nesting box. So a fight started, everyone got bumped out of bed and had to fuss at the trouble-maker.
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
  7. Walked into the barn yesterday to a balking hen. I looked into the office (those little turds are not suppose to be in there) and there was a hen with an egg on a tee shirt I keep for those (clear throat) little suprises one gets while walking through the barn.

    I piked up the egg and went on about my business. I left the barn to a balking hen and I could hear her haggle half way down to the house.

    Some are ever so proud of themselves.

  8. gretchenhau

    gretchenhau Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Lebanon Ohio
    Getting mine to lay eggs in the boxes would be a great gift, They prefer the floor in the corner next to the boxes so the eggs freeze and I can't find them without rooting around.

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