Hen laying eggs on the roost area

Discussion in 'General Chicken Discussion' started by Shanebaby, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Shanebaby

    Shanebaby New Member

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    One of my hens, a leghorn, will occasionally lay an egg while roosting on top of the nesting boxes. There is a big flat area where they roost at night. She is a few years old. What's up?:confused:
     
  2. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Probably not as tight as she used to be, or maybe too crowded so she can't get to a nesting box? Is she looked out of the coop during the day?
     

  3. Shanebaby

    Shanebaby New Member

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    There are only two layers and i have five nest boxes. She's out of the coop all day
     
  4. cindy

    cindy New Member

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    I've had hen's lay in odd places many times sometime in the run other times on the floor of the coop
    even had them lay while they slept the egg dropped but didnt break.
    I have 12 nesting boxes and 9 times out of 10 every hen chooses that one box lol who knows why?
    chickens are silly lil critters:)
     
  5. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Try letting her have access to the coop during the day. Might be a simple solution. If not, you're no worse off really.
     
  6. Shanebaby

    Shanebaby New Member

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    The coop is open all day, they come and go as they please. And mine both lay in the same nest all the time until i put some fake eggs in the other nest then they laid in that one. I guess they are gonna lay where ever the urge hits.:eek:
     
  7. Roslyn

    Roslyn A Round American Woman

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    I think they do this sometimes because they don't realize it's an egg. I've usually had old hens or very young hens do this, however nothing is etched in stone.

    About 3 weeks ago I opened the coop door and was watching everyone mingle and fight etc. I was tossing some scratch and I leaned into the coop to toss some to my big rooster Hamish (went blind in one eye after the big rooster fights this Spring), he tends to hang back and eat last when everyone leaves the coop. Well, there were a few hens hanging in the coop, one was nesting in a box and then other was watching her. I noticed "Ditsy" a RIR hen up on the roost, her neck was pulled down and her wings were out to her side, she had a very weird look on her face. Well I thought she was sick, she looked like hell. As I was watching she started to moan!! And then, plop, the egg popped out!!! Her head popped up, wings in and she hopped off the roost. I really thought she was ill, and I had a good laugh at myself after I saw what happened. She went over and shared Hamish's scratch and was fine and dandy.

    Chickens...........
     
  8. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    i went into the coop one night with a flashlight for something
    while in there i see something fall into the wood shavings
    it was an egg. one of my orpingtons was up on the roost & layed it
    he he he
     
  9. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Surprised the egg right out of her!