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Why is my hen burying her egg under the nesting materials?

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I'm pretty sure my blue Orpington, Ruby Blue, just started laying. I only have one other hen that's currently laying. The thing is, I've found two eggs buried in the nesting material in the nesting box. Is this a common behavior? I noticed that the nest box materials (shredded paper) was disturbed and felt around and sure enough, I found a buried egg! The first time I found a buried egg, there was another egg on top (probably from my other hen).

Flying under the radar with Molly (Black Orp), Ruby (Blue Orp), Bette (Red sex linked), Robin (Dominique), Wendy (Wellsummer), 5 goldfish, 3 cats, and a wild girlfriend!
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Flying under the radar with Molly (Black Orp), Ruby (Blue Orp), Bette (Red sex linked), Robin (Dominique), Wendy (Wellsummer), 5 goldfish, 3 cats, and a wild girlfriend!
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My chickens do it sometimes, too. I couldn't tell you why, though. lol

5 children, 4 dogs, a chinchilla, a gecko, and 12 chickens (4 golden buff, 2 EE, 3 welsummers, and 3 black silkies)--all kinds of crazy!

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5 children, 4 dogs, a chinchilla, a gecko, and 12 chickens (4 golden buff, 2 EE, 3 welsummers, and 3 black silkies)--all kinds of crazy!

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When they sneak off to lay out in the grass or in the woods, they will cover their eggs with nesting material to hide it from predators when they leave the nest each day to roost.  When they get a full clutch, they will sit on them until they hatch, rarely leaving the nest for even food or water.  I'd venture a guess that your bird is either going to go broody or is just acting on instinct.

 
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.  Proverbs 12:10
 
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A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.  Proverbs 12:10
 
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post #4 of 8

maybe its a smart chicken and knows your going to take it if you see it lol

An egg by any other name is still an egg
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An egg by any other name is still an egg
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Well one of mine found out the ducks are building up a nest full of eggs and she is adding hers to it.  Thank goodness, I can tell the difference. 
That's all I need is her sitting on Muscovy eggs, 38 days instead of 21.  She's persistent and would continue to sit I am sure and be one exhausted little girl, even if she could cover that large of a nest.  Or the Muscovy hen hatching her chick at 21 days then leaving me a nest full of duck eggs to bator hatch in December.  No No Muscovy ducks must hatch and raise their own little mess makers.  They do a much better job anyway.

I still breed Sicilian Buttercups, and Coturnix quail - As Big As You Can Get Them.  No, I stilll don't sell eggs or birds.
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I still breed Sicilian Buttercups, and Coturnix quail - As Big As You Can Get Them.  No, I stilll don't sell eggs or birds.
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You might want to think so, but those chickens aren't laying eggs so you can steal them, they are for reproduction.  Consequently they will hide them as best they can until they can get enough for a clutch to brood chicks.

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft veggie garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australops (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 16 guinea fowl. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school...



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I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft veggie garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australops (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 16 guinea fowl. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school...



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Well my little (big Orp) Ruby's clever alright. My red sex link rescue hen just leaves her egg right on the top - like a little present!
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Flying under the radar with Molly (Black Orp), Ruby (Blue Orp), Bette (Red sex linked), Robin (Dominique), Wendy (Wellsummer), 5 goldfish, 3 cats, and a wild girlfriend!
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Flying under the radar with Molly (Black Orp), Ruby (Blue Orp), Bette (Red sex linked), Robin (Dominique), Wendy (Wellsummer), 5 goldfish, 3 cats, and a wild girlfriend!
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Mine are burying for the first time ever! I think its because they're being disturbed more often than they are accustomed to. We're building new duck runs, grower pens and rabbit hutches. I've been going in and out several times a day instead of 1 time per usual. Hoping it stops once we are thru.
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