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Very nice work @shadrach.
Thank you. You might also like this. I've read you commenting on something similar a while ago.
I'm pleased you enjoyed the article.
Thank for reading the article.
Great observations and very well written! I especially appreciated the focus on natural behavior, and using it to improve keeping techniques.
I too would be interested in reading your book. What topics will you cover?
I'm pleased you found the article interesting.
The book is a bit strange as chicken books go. It's base around the life stories of the chickens here and covers behavior rather than 'how to'.
There are some of the stories here:
Will be earmarked for the future, when I find a Roo to breed my hens.
I've got just the rooster for the job.
Thanks for reading the article.
The 'bowl' shaped nest - a basic and frequently overlooked reality. Well observed and written.
Thanks for reading the article. For many I expect this type of nest isn't practicable but I found it interesting to observe what the hens preferred given a choice.
Thanks, Shadrack! This article has prompted me to change the design of my nest boxes when I do my shed to coop conversion this spring. Anything to make my chickens lives more natural and enjoyable.
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Thanks for a great article! As a newbie, I was wondering what the best nesting materials were. Your observations and conclusions make very good sense. I really appreciate you taking the time and sharing this information. I just put together a nestbox condo - 3 in a row - built with plywood. I think I’ll find some shallow containers (maybe dish pans) to fill with a piece of sod a few inches thick, and put one of these in each box. Mahalo for all your help!
Thanks for reading the article. Good luck with the pan and clod of earth idea.
It makes so much sense to try and replicate what hens would do naturally! Thank you so much for this informative article. Please let us know when you publish your book!
Thank you. The book is going very slowly but I intend to contact all thos e who have expressed an interest when its finished.
Thanks for putting your observations down. It has caused me to re-evaluate how I let the hens sit on eggs, and your points are well made. I see know I never thought to put all my observations into one thoughts process about what would work better. Thank you for doing that!
Tanks for reading the article. If you try the method out let us know how you got on.