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    As I have said in a previoue thread, my hen has no interest in her nesting box. Three days ago she laid her first egg on the bottom of the cage and left it....then yesterday her second egg was laid also to be left. I have tried to put some newspaper, cotton batting and bathroom tissue on the bottom. The box remains in the cage . I don't want to lose all of the eggs. Someone said she just might not want to rear young again. But then why did she lay the eggs? I really hope she does differently with the next egg, but I'm not holding my breath.

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    Re: Still having problems, please help!

    Should I use a heat lamp?

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    Re: Still having problems, please help!

    First, what do you want to use a heat lamp for?

    Second, laying eggs is a biological drive when the conditions are right for it - food, light, something perceived as a mate, etc. So that's why she's doing it.

    It can be very wearing and causes calcium depletion (from mom's bones into the eggshell) so you should make sure she's getting some extra calcium.

    Did you already have chicks from her recently? Sorry I haven't been following your posts - and anyways I don't know much about breeding, except that it's a lot of work with potential joy or heartache at the end.

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    Re: Still having problems, please help!

    Ok. Here's the scoop. She had laid a clutch of 5 eggs in April. Three babies hatched. They are all wonderful. Now again, she was acting like she was going to lay so I took out the other birds and left the bonded pair in the cage with a nesting box. She was showing no interest in the box and still is not. She is shredding the paper at the bottom of the cage. Now she has laid two eggs on the bottom of the cage and has left them. Still no interest in the box. I just don't want her to lose the other eggs to come. I'm hoping by some miracle she will go to the box. I am supplying her with extra calcium and her normal pellets of roudybush crumbles. I also give them other "recipes". They are very healthy. I just can't understand why she is leaving these eggs and what if anything can I do. The heat lamp I mentioned would be for providing heat to the egg, but again, I don't know how much, how long or anything. Trying my best.....

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    Re: Still having problems, please help!

    I really dont have much to say but dont do the heat lamp idea... it would just cook the egg because it would be hitting the top of it. If you had an incubator, I still wouldnt do it because you wouldnt be able to feed the chick when it hatches so it would end up dieing.
    Not really sure what to tell you about her and going into the box.

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    Re: Still having problems, please help!

    This is so terribly frustrating. I am so happy to benefit from your experience though. I'm out of ideas. Maybe this clutch just wasn't meant to be. I just hate to think that I might be doing something incorrectly to jeoporadize the viablity of these eggs.

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    Egg number three is now on the bottom of the cage.......I feel so helpless and sad.

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    Re: Still having problems, please help!

    If the hen has no interest...then she has no interest. It could be her own body is lacking in nutrients or she just doesn't see the benefit to herself to care for the eggs. Are the eggs she is layng fertile?

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    Re: Still having problems, please help!

    How do I tell?

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    Re: Still having problems, please help!

    get a flash light and candle them. You need to give them a few days though to show the veins. Look up a site on candleing eggs. Make sure the flashlight isn't too hot though you don't want to cook them!

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    Re: Still having problems, please help!

    Do I give them a few days before I check even if she hasn't even gone near them?

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    Re: Still having problems, please help!

    Do I give them a few days to check even if she has completely ignored the eggs? She has not tended to them even one time.

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    Re: Still having problems, please help!

    She isnt laying on them so you wont ever be able to tell if they are fertile.

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    Re: Still having problems, please help!

    It would appear that she is going through a biological thing right now but is not interested in raising another clutch. I hope you are making sure she is on a good diet right now to replace all the calcium she is using up making those eggs. If she isn't interested in raising a clutch she knows the conditions are NOT right and chances are if it isn't a health issue then it's a diet related thing or some other factor that she is more than aware of and you aren't. You said it yourself Jodi in an earlier post..."maybe this clutch isn't meant to be". For your sake and your birds sake, stop trying to push her into something she isn't ready for at this time.

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    Re: Still having problems, please help!

    Now the last question that I have in this regard is about her diet. You are all saying to supplement her calcium. She is on Roudybush crumbles. I also add a recipe of brown bread. boiled egg and shell, handful of pellets, and whatever fruit or veg that I have on hand. I put this all in the food processor and they love it. Am I missing anything? Oh, and she has her cuttlebone of course. I am just not sure if that is all she needs. I won't push her if she's not in the right condition, I was just worried I was failing in NOT doing something I should have been. I so appreciate whatever advice you have provided. I love my birds and wan't to be the best owner I can be to them. But what for calcium?

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