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    • CommentAuthorlesley
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 2:31pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    One of my battery hens, has starting laying her eggs under a tree. I thought she had stopped laying for the winter, until i notice her one morning jumping over the wall and gettin into her wee nest she has made from twigs and grass. She does this every morning jumps over lays egg and back again, anyone have an idea`s? thanks Lesley.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 3:03pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi Lesley,

    Battery hens will often lay on the floor or outside the nest box as they never learnt where they should be laying their eggs, but if she has only just started doing this then it suggests something has changed to cause this.

    Is the nest box big enough for a couple of hens to lay in? If she's had a bad experience (pecked or thrown off the nest) whilst laying in the nest box she may just have figured out it's easier to lay in her own private nest!

    I'm not sure what the answer is, but maybe try keeping them locked in the coop/pen area so she can't get to the new nest and has to use the nest box in the coop?

    Other than that, remember to check the other nest :)
    • CommentAuthorlesley
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 3:36pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    hi Neil, many thanks for your advice, i am new to hens and like most other people addicted. I started off with 3 and now have 7. Any advice is really appreicated.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 4:15pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    Your hen is laying her eggs under the tree as, unlike most birds, she has difficulty getting up the tree.

    :flying:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 4:18pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    Perhaps she's so delighted not to be in a tiny box that she's doing it just because she can!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 4:32pm (Sep 30th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's great that you have ex-bats :001_smile:

    I wouldn't think her laying behaviour is anything to worry about. Did she lay in the nest box previously?

    You could put eggs (either real, plastic or even golf balls) in the place where you would like her to lay, such as a nest box, and that will help her realise where you want her to lay - although she might completely ignore your wishes!

    If she was laying in a nest box and has recently started laying under the tree, it could be that she is simply proud of her new nest and believes it is safer than anywhere else, or it could possibly be something to do with the pecking order. Is she at the bottom of the pecking order?

    That's all i can think of at the moment, sorry - stupid hangover! ;)

    I'm happy that she builds herself a nest, though - like my dad said, most ex-bats won't do that. I remember Eva used to lay her eggs on the floor of the run, she even laid one by my side once! :D
    • CommentAuthorlesley
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 5:09pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    hi again, yes she has always laid her eggs in the nesting box, i have had her about 3 months now, and she has just started doin this in the last week. You could be right though, cos she is bottom of the pecking order, and my favourite.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 5:11pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    Also, the weather has been sunny this week; praps she's making the most of it! :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 5:13pm (Sep 30th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    If she's at the bottom of the pecking order it's possible your other girls are chucking her off the nest when they want to lay, and she is sick of it now :D

    Or yes, it could be she is making up for the years spent inside in a small cage, and is enjoying the sun!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 5:59pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    What wall is she jumping over? Is she safe in the place she's going? What's her name? Did the four new hens arrive recently? So many questions...

    WELCOME TO HENCAM LESLEY!!! :D
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 6:00pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    Excuse Diane, Lesley, she suffers from incurable curiosity...:D
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 6:10pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    But then Diane is a pyscho.
    That's an 'ology' you know!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 6:12pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    It works both ways Ollie (with or without the ology its true - in other words...) :loco:
    • CommentAuthorlesley
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 6:13pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    LOL, yes wall she is jumping over is safe, her name is Ethel all my battery hens are called after my aunties. Started with 3 battery hens, and ended up with a "dutch" rooster and his hen. Then finally and i say finally a pekin bantam, and a legbar. And its fine ask all the questions you like, could talk about them all day! And my husband is SICK hearing about them !!!I think i might ended up bein a hen widow!!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 6:19pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    ETHEL!! No way! That's the name of the wild bunny who lives in my yard. :D :D

    CC - "hen widow/er" = a new term for the Hen Dictionary. Helen is probably the first member of that group...

    What is a Dutch rooster, Lesley? (And where to you live - since I've been cleared for questions. lol)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 6:19pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    CC - I've forgotten Ethel's last name :cry: What is it???
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 6:22pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    Lesley is from England. Ask me how I know. Unless I'm wrong. LOL ;)
    • CommentAuthorlesley
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 6:28pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    sorry Diane, i am from northern ireland, (but wondering how you think i am from england).Dutch is the breed, he is SO handsome, his name before you ask is Malakey, true irish.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 6:34pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    Now I thought Malakey was when someone is having 'silly fun'

    :confused:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 6:36pm (Sep 30th 2008) edited
     
    Ethel's surname was Charles, Diane.And you assumed Lesley was English because she knew how to spell 'favourite'!
    Lesley, Diane's from america; they think Northern Ireland is IN England...:D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 10:34pm (Sep 30th 2008)
     
    I think Ethel is extremely intelligent to find a quiet, safe place, all to herself, where she can proudly lay her egg. I suppose your only problem might be when the weather turns nasty again. Well, that's my non-hen owning thinking anyway!

    Welcome Lesley - I went to Northern Ireland once (for the northwest 200) and was stunned by its beauty and the friendliness of the locals. All we ever seemed to see in England was the troubles so it was a wonderful surprise. I've sang NI's praises ever since!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2008 5:47am (Oct 1st 2008)
     
    Posted By: lesleycalled after
    In the US = "named for"

    Posted By: lesleybattery hens


    Posted By: lesleyhusband is SICK hearing about
    The English/Irish/Australians use 'sick' just slightly differently that we do. In this case we'd tend to say "sick of hearing..."

    I wrote that I knew where you were from mostly because it was interesting to realize that I could 'hear' an accent in your writing. (And as everyone else patiently lives with on the forum - I really like that.)

    I missed the added 'u' thing ;)

    Northern Ireland. That's great. We don't have another forum member from there yet do we?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2008 5:48am (Oct 1st 2008)
     
    Ethel CHARLES, the yard bunny. :bunny_cute:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2008 4:26pm (Oct 1st 2008)
     
    That might confuse the buuny; might not know if she's Arthur or Martha! :D
    • CommentAuthorlesley
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2008 4:53pm (Oct 1st 2008)
     
    :bigsmile:What a lovely site, everyone here is so friendly. And yes kateb wee are very friendly the irish that is. I want to thank you for all your help in answering my questions, it was VERY helpful. I have since told Ethel she is very famous, and she rewarded me with another egg under the tree.:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2008 4:54pm (Oct 1st 2008)
     
    I trained with a bloke from Omagh...happy daze!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 1:06am (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    Piano tuning? Or stone carving? Or - what else are you trained in. (You don't mean exercise do you? :shocked:

    LOL - hadn't realized that Ethel Charles works across genders. I suppose the original EC loved that.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 1:09am (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    EGG! Egg! Egg! Eeeeeggggg! Good for you Ethel!! :milly_hen:

    Lesley - I apologize, for all Americans, for the impact we have recently had on your economy... :juggle:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 4:50pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    Piano tuning...hundreds of years ago...thirty to be exact. No, that must be a mistake...:shocked:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 5:16pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    We've reached that juncture where significant life events can be decades ago, eh? It always set me back on my heels a little when I calculate the date of my divorce and it was more than two decades ago, or the first time I realized I could remember my mother at my age, or I realize my BABY sister is almost 50...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 5:16pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    So - you've been a piano tuner longer than you haven't then. Eh?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 5:19pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    Blimey...yes! Oo-er...
    • CommentAuthorthe big hen coop
    • CommentTimeAug 9th, 2010 12:03pm (Aug 9th 2010) edited
     
    im from northern ireland live in antrim beside junction 1 :meuh

    edited by admin... reason: jeeeez!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 9th, 2010 12:13pm (Aug 9th 2010)
     
    Blimey "the big hen coop", you've gone overboard there with the Vanillacons.
    Mind, it took nearly two years to do it all !!!
    :sun:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeAug 9th, 2010 1:46pm (Aug 9th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

  1.  
    yar btw every 1 from ni isnt frendly half the people are rude ignorant or hiding a secret like the ira sinn fein an other terrorists :sneaky2:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 9th, 2010 10:05pm (Aug 9th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't think you'll find a place where everybody is friendly, you just have to be the exception amongst the rude people.