I have a question about nest box behavior, for those more experienced. I have two nest boxes in the Cream Legbar coop, and each has a white ceramic egg in it (just never removed it form before they started laying, and I figure it can help deter any egg eating, since the real eggs are collected fairly promptly). I have two laying pullets in the coop (they each lay almost every day), and bless their hearts, they each lay in a different nest box. One of them likes to roll the white ceramic egg out of the other nest box and into her own, so I find one blue egg on the left, and two white fake eggs and one blue egg on the right. She'll sometimes do this several days in a row. I always move it back.
Is she working her way up to being broody, or is this just more funny chicken behavior?
- Ant Farm
"it's just what they do...." A non broody leghorn on free range will hunt, select a nest location, collect all the material around to make a nice cup shape then lay in it. If the eggs are not collected, she will get in the nest, arrange the eggs around and collect them under her before she lays a new egg. She will try this even if 100 eggs pile up in this hidden nest..
fwiw, IMO if you have plans to let a hen go broody, that is not a good set up, if the hens are able to move eggs between nests. If not, then it is of no concern other than possible occasional broken egg if the hen puts quite too much effort in moving the faraway egg in with her.