Cinnamon and Dandelion are the only two girls in the flock that don’t seem to have got the hang of laying their eggs in the right place. They are also the only two of the seramas that never go broody so I wonder if there is a connection. Maybe not laying an egg in a suitable place isn’t conducive with trying to hatch an egg. If that is the case I am happy to have their foibles.
With Dandelion it seems to be a case of her not knowing when her egg is coming. She will lay an egg in the run and then go and sit in a nest box or she will go and sit in a nest and then lay an egg in the run. Sometimes she does manage to get an egg in a nest box and occasionally she lays in the chicken shed. I don’t really mind as no harm comes to her eggs.
With Cinnamon it is a different matter altogether. Right from when she started laying I could see that she wanted to lay from a spot that was high up. She would look quite manic and would go to the top of the shelter and then would go to the highest perch in the chicken shed. She was always looking up as if she wanted to find the highest spot possible.
I felt that if I could rig up a nest box in a high spot she would be happy to lay her egg there but what I really wanted was for her to learn to lay in the nest box like all the rest have done quite happily in the past. I don’t want the added complication of trying to put in a high nest box. It’s not really feasible with our set up.
To start with I resorted to shutting her in a nest box. I don’t really like doing this but when I was on stand by to keep an eye on her I put her in a nest box and closed it, returning frequently to see how she was doing. Once shut in she soon settled and got her egg laid quite quickly. I hoped this would train her to go to the nest box and she did so for a few times.
As soon as she missed laying for a few days she seemed to forget about the nest box again and started with the same process all over again. When I found her on the high back perch of the chicken shed once more I decided to leave her to work it outside herself. After all if I am out during the day when she wants to lay she is going to have work it out herself.
When I returned to check there was an egg under the high perch in the spot where she had been. This happened several times and as her eggs have good shells they have never broken. I now keep the pine shavings heaped up in the spot she likes and leave her to it. I have never come across this behaviour before. I swear that I have the craziest of girls in my flock at the moment.
I have tried lifting her down and putting her in the nest box but she immediately leaves and returns to this spot. I don’t want to shut her in any more. I have done this about four times and have now decided to leave her to it. I now just keep the pine shavings deep and accept this. There are worse things to worry about.
I wonder if anyone else has come across this sort of behaviour. Cinnamon is one quirky girl but you have to love her!