Why is she doing this?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hobbley_Farm, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. Hobbley_Farm

    Hobbley_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have 3 mystery hens that look relativly the same (browny/black). One that looks like a roo but is not. They dont' have names, they are just called "the ladies" Well, one of the browny ones has been laying while the other three hens have not. The one that looks like a roo was lording over the browny one in the nesting box a little while ago. Do you think she is waiting for a spot? BTW the nesting box is 3 feet long so there is plenty of room for them to get in side by side. Also, the reason I don't know what breed my hen might be is because I ordered the "Assortments of Standard Chickens, Assorted Chick
    Pullet " from Ideal about two years ago. These are what's left of my original order... I'm learning to get hens that I can tell APART now [​IMG]
     
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
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    Do you have a roo? The reason I ask is, if you don't have a roo your dominate hen can take on roo characteristics. She more than likely won't lay an egg while being the "roo" either. To correct this you would need to get a roo.
     
  3. Hobbley_Farm

    Hobbley_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, I have a roo. Two in fact. One is a Mystery roo whose father was put in the original shipment for "warmth" and this is his offspring. I also have a white crested, tho he's still a youngin...only about 3 mos old.

    But I did figure out why she was doing this. I couldnt' stand it so I went out in the rain and checked. The speckledy one that looks like a roo (by this I mean her comb) was sitting in the spot and I looked under her and there were two eggs [​IMG] She's the only white egg layer I have right now, so she's finally decided this new place is "A-O.K." I guess. Two eggs today and the others were right there watching her...maybe I'll get three [​IMG]
     
  4. trishok8

    trishok8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad you figured it out.
     
  5. Hobbley_Farm

    Hobbley_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I'm figuring out a lot right now seeing as I can't poke around outside because it's raining so hard. Figured out (I think) what my hens and roo are. [​IMG]
     
  6. Hobbley_Farm

    Hobbley_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard a lot of racket outside and when out to check the nest again. 2 more eggs!!!! YAY [​IMG] All four of my hens laid today [​IMG] YAY YAY YAY [​IMG]
     
  7. vickig

    vickig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My crazy hens lay in the same nest. They just wait till one gets finished and they go lay and on and on.

    It's great cause I don't have to go hunting eggs [​IMG]
     

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