She would get so mad when we'd shoo her off! She'd march right down to the coop and hop into a nest box huffing and squawking the whole way! She was the only one who ever strayed from the nest box area except Sally. Sometimes in the summer several hens would go broody at once. That left the rest of the hens to fight over the remaining nest boxes to lay their eggs in. Well, Sally isn't one for waiting her turn. She decided that the fresh shavings in the garage were the perfect place to lay her egg. We didn't catch on to this at first but finally I caught her in the shavings bag! Boy was I surprised when she got up and I found 3 perfect olive eggs. Silly bird! Wonder if she want's more nest boxes?
Sometimes a hen gets 'put off' using the nest boxes for a reason. Maybe she was using the nest box and got picked on by another hen that wanted that box. Maybe somebody slammed a door or dropped a bucket as she was using the nest box and it scared her a bit. Maybe she just doesn't think the nest box is private enough. For whatever reason she finds another spot. Like in my garden shoes. I really shouldn't leave them outside!
Whatever the reason, some hens just chose to lay their eggs in crazy spots, so I ask you: What is the weirdest place your hen has laid an egg?