WOOHOO!!!! Well, sort of.... (UPDATE)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LT, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another one of our girls joined the "layers" club today. We think the culprit is a Cuckoo Maran who will be 24 weeks on Wednesday. She had been sitting in the nest box for the last week, and yesterday, made such a production I thought for sure I would find an egg there in the nest, but it was empty. I wasn't too worried, because I thought she just needed another day. Well, today she did lay an egg, but it was on the floor, and not in the nest box. My instinct tells me she got out of the nest box too soon and the egg sort of fell out of her onto the floor. Should I give her another try tomorrow or act now to prevent this in the future? Our other girl who is laying laid her first egg in the nest box and every egg since then has been in the box so I don't have any experience with this.

    UPDATE: I was at home all morning today, so I heard Agnes (Cuckoo Maran) squawking and clucking around 10:30. I waited a bit, and then went outside to peek in the coop window to see if she was in the nest box and she was!!! I went back inside and patiently waited for her to lay. My other layer was also in one of the other nest boxes. Agnes was in for about 1 and 1/2 hours. Then she came out squawking and clucking again. I grabbed the camera to photograph our first (well second) egg from Agnes, but when I opened the door on the nest boxes, there was only one egg (from Annabelle). I went in the coop to see if she laid on the floor again. NOPE. Then I looked around and saw her egg out in the run. I guess she thought she had laid but it didn't come out until she starting moving around. Oh well! I scrambled the eggs and fed them back to the girls. Maybe the third time is the charm?
     
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  2. GardenGal

    GardenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that chickens like to lay where someone has already been. Maybe leave a plastic egg in the nesting box?
     
  3. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I failed to mention that all four nest boxes have golf balls in them, and we have observed her sitting in the nest.
     
  4. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She'll get it... eventually [​IMG] we [​IMG] eggies [​IMG]
     
  5. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

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    She will get it, and yes, golf balls are good. Keep up your chin up! Chickens and BYC are great! [​IMG]
     
  6. real_redhead

    real_redhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A golf ball helped mine. I had one who was laying when I got her and she decided she liked a box without the golfball. I had 4 ohter who were not laying until last week. I had 2 start laying last week and they both laid in the box with the golf ball and they have been in the same box with the golf ball since even if I move it around.
     
  7. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please read the update from this morning. And keep your fingers crossed for me, please!
     
  8. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Third time is the charm. She laid a lovely egg in the nest box today!!! Yeah Agnes!
     

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