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Paying Homage? --Anyone heard of this before??

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So we lost our matriarch of the flock last night to old age (6-7+ years old, BLW). hit.gif We'll miss her.

But when I went to get eggs just now, 6 of the 8 were in the nest box she was found in this morning.
This wouldn't be too strange (I mean, it was a nest box, for crying out loud), except for the fact that this box --to date-- has been the hens' least favorite. I've never collected eggs out of this one --except for today.

And to boot, the nest was comically, and perfectly round.

Has anyone heard of this happening before? Do I dare get all sentimental and believe that the flock are acknowledging her (I know they're just chickens...but still)? Does anyone know if this behavior can be explained?

I know it's probably just a coincidence, but still --she was the alpha hen for the entire time we had her (4-5 years).

Thanks,
BeanHen
Edited by BeanHen - 2/28/16 at 4:37pm
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I have seen my chickens become depressed when they lose a friend or favorite member. It can be hard to say how deep their emotions run. Most will be depressed for about 1-2 months, occasionally longer. Chickens do form some tight bonds.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Sorry for your loss.

 

That is strange.

Was dead bird found and removed in the morning before laying commenced for the day?

Could be because she was in the nest, the rest decided that was good place to lay?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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