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post #21 of 27

Thanks for posting the info! I just saw my buff doing this with the other chicken's feathers just before she went into the next box, cute, but pretty inefficient as the feathers just fell off her back as she was walking!  They are entertaining!

post #22 of 27

So glad I found this thread! I forced my broody silkie out of the nesting box and watched her run around the yard throwing pine needles on her back. I thought she had gone crazy!

Proud mom of two teens, four dogs, three cats, a tarantula and four chickens (Big Fatty - Blue English Orpington, Ella - Buff Orpington, Paco - Black Silkie and Phyllis Diller - Frizzle EE). Oh, and married to one extremely understanding and indulgent husband.

 R.I.P. Monkey Boots (Salmon Faverolles) and Zelda (Australorp).

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Proud mom of two teens, four dogs, three cats, a tarantula and four chickens (Big Fatty - Blue English Orpington, Ella - Buff Orpington, Paco - Black Silkie and Phyllis Diller - Frizzle EE). Oh, and married to one extremely understanding and indulgent husband.

 R.I.P. Monkey Boots (Salmon Faverolles) and Zelda (Australorp).

http://www.pinterest.com/puttputtbodie/i-dream-of-chickens/

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post #23 of 27

My little white silkie is throwing the shavings on her back.  She has 5 newly hatched babies and just started doing it.  Glad to know she is just trying to build a nest.  :) 

post #24 of 27
Hi, i'm new to raising chicken (got my first flock of 7 golden comets 6 days ago). Had to look this behavior up because one of my hens was picking up grass and putting it on her back. This concerns me beause i found an egg in their yard this morning....the three that are laying have consistently laid in the nesting boxes so i thought maybe one of the younger hens had laid her first egg, but now i'm wondering if it's one of the more mature ones thats trying to make her own nest outside. Any thoughts or suggestions?
post #25 of 27
One of ours does that when she's getting ready to molt or is molting.
post #26 of 27
I have only 2 Wyandotte hens. One is extremely loud and annoying the other is what I would say "different". She is making purring sounds like a cat, likes to be pet on her back, sneaks in the house to eat dog food and recently found her trowing leaves and pine needles on her back after laying. What is this all about? Or is my chicken just missing a screw or two?
post #27 of 27

Glad to hear my Paisley isn't just a kook.   She waits until after she lays....does her appropriate announcing to the world about it and then takes off across the yard (free ranged) stopping every few feet to pick up grass and throw it on her back as she makes her way.  I notice several people have mentioned their EE do it.  That's what she is too.   I like to think she is patting herself on the back.  : )

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