2 hens in same nest

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by eggcatcher, May 31, 2011.

  1. eggcatcher

    eggcatcher Out Of The Brooder

    56
    0
    39
    Mar 21, 2010
    [​IMG] I have only two hens. Today one was sitting in a nest and the other one kept getting in there with her. She wasn't pecking or squaking or anything. There are 6 nests. I kept pulling her out and putting her in other nests. She finally layed her egg in another nest. She has used other nests than the one the 1st hen was in before but it is their favorite nest right now. Is this normal behavior?
     
  2. uncle rico

    uncle rico Chillin' With My Peeps

    277
    0
    109
    Apr 29, 2011
    Spring Green, WI
    yes this is normal behavior. my hens occasionally will try to squeeze into the same box but it doesn't happen often with my flock. just typical hen behavior [​IMG]
     
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,637
    52
    231
    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Yes I saw mine doing the same thing this AM. I looked at her & said hey girl there's 5 other boxes. Crazy birds. I just let her be. If she lays eggs she's fine with me.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    63,889
    9,658
    766
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    It is called "the grass is greener on the other side of the fence" behavior. [​IMG] Just as with people that which someone else has is more appealing.
     
  5. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Oh yes, I had a silkie brooding and my LF light brahma hen was laying her eggs in there, with the silkie still in the box! I mean, they were like smushed. Then the brahma decided to go broody as well. After about 2 weeks of this, the silkie hen decided to move to another box.[​IMG]
     
  6. Brandon97

    Brandon97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    136
    0
    89
    Jun 1, 2011
    Newport, Wales, UK.
    Yes! i opened one of my nest boxes the other day to find 6 hens all squeezed up in there, and one was trying to incubate eggs, which are going to hatch in about a week now!!![​IMG][​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by