When I checked on the girls after lunch three little girls were missing. Dandelion was in one nest box and Apricot was in the other nest box. I checked the chicken shed and Cinnamon was on the back perch where she has taken to laying her eggs.
I left her to it as the nest boxes were engaged and I had cleaned out the shed in the morning and piled the pine shavings thickly in that corner.
I checked back a bit later and Dandelion and Apricot had laid their eggs. Apricots was still warm so she had just laid. I opened the shed to check on Cinnamon and she was flattened on the perch. Just at that moment I saw her egg drop from her and land with a plop in the shavings.
I was amazed that I had actually seen it happen.
I have never heard of another chicken doing this except when they get caught out and need to lay first thing in the morning. Cinnamon sleeps at the other end of this perch and Emerald and Speckles sleep in this spot but it is always this spot that Cinnamon chooses to lay her egg.
This is one of the strangest things I have come across since keeping chickens. Cinnamon really is a funny little girl.