WHY am I suddently seeing my chickens lay their eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wynette, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Okay, I am just feeling really weird about this. I've been trying to actually watch an egg being laid for over a year now, and I've never actually seen it happen. Sure, I've seen plenty of girls on nest boxes, but when I camp out and watch...I never see it happen.

    So yesterday at 5:30 p.m. (after work) I go out to my juvenile pen, where there are several that should begin laying any day now. I've got a Welsummer who laid her first 2 eggs, both out in the run (yes, I've got nice nest boxes ready for them with golf balls & everything), and I was expecting her to lay again yesterday. So, I look in nest boxes, nothing. Go out to the run, go on into the run to look around in there, and she's standing right in the middle of the run next to the waterer (where she laid Monday's egg). I look at her, she stand up, and "plop" lays her egg. Same spot. She turns & looks at it, and walks away as if nothing happened! Her 3rd egg, you'd think she'd be sqwauking or singing the egg laying song - NOPE! It was weird.

    So then, 5 mins. later, I go to the big girl's run to collect eggs. I see one hen walking funny...eyes kinda half shut, looking like she's not feeling well. Walking real slow. All of a sudden, "plop" she lays a soft-shelled egg, out in the run! I ran over to pick it up before someone broke it open. WEIRD!

    THEN, I went home for lunch today (I've got a sick pullet that I've been hand feeding) to feed my sick one, and I go into the big girl's run to collect eggs. I collect the first one, then notice Dixie is in a nest box. So I walk over and flip the nest box door open to look at her - she stand up, and "plop" lays her egg! Again, no sqwauking, no egg song, nothing.

    I'm just feeling really, really weird about all this. Do you think anything could be wrong, or are these 3 instances just a really odd coincidence?
     
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Just odd coincidence. Some hens are quiet layers and some are drama queens. [​IMG]

    The next time you see one in that position in the run, try to pick her up and place her into a nest box. It might help her get the idea. We had one that had to be reminded what nest boxes were for......
     
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I just don't get the new layer laying right in the middle of the run, when there are nice, clean, safe, nest boxes in a quiet location so close by that she could easily get to. I think I may leave her inside with a few of her friends tomorrow, and hope that she finds the nest boxes!

    Thanks for your feedback.

    Edited to say: now that I KNOW what one looks like that's just about to lay, I'll definitely take her to a nest box! Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008

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