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Apparently they want straw in their nest boxes.

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by schmije, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. schmije

    schmije Songster

    Aug 25, 2008
    Peoria, IL
    We've been using wood chips in the nest boxes for a couple of years. We tried straw, but they kicked it all on the floor and laid their eggs in empty boxes. Well, last weekend we cleaned out the coops and put new wood chips in the nest boxes. DH brought a new straw bale out to the coop, and we spread part of it on the floor. He stacked the remainder of the straw in a corner. A couple of days later I noticed that there were perfectly round straw nests in each box. I wondered why DH had put it there until yesterday when he asked ME why I put straw in the nest boxes. Since neither of us did it, and nobody else has been in the coop since last weekend, we can only assume that the girls plucked the straw from the corner and made their own nests! Has anybody else had something like this happen? Maybe they're trying to tell us something.

  2. emys

    emys Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    I use wood chips on bottom of nest box and straw on top. Wood chips absorb any that might break,and keep the straw from being easily kicked out. The straw is better for building and moving.
  3. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    That's weird! [​IMG]
  4. BetterHensandGardens

    BetterHensandGardens Songster

    Feb 28, 2010
    Clinton, OH
    When straw is available, ours have done that before - I thought they were just being birds and building a nice comfortable little nest to sit on and put their eggs in. Other birds build nests, so I just assumed chickens did to0 - if they have the building materials available [​IMG]
  5. specklesmom

    specklesmom Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    So they somehow moved the straw from the bottom of the coop into the nest boxes????
  6. schmije

    schmije Songster

    Aug 25, 2008
    Peoria, IL
    Quote:The straw is stacked in the corner right beside the nest boxes. The stack is as high as the lower boxes, so they could have leaned out of a box and reached over to the straw. The box closest to the straw has more in it than the others, so that would make sense.

    I never thought of chickens as nest-makers, but other birds do it, so why not?
  7. mtcookie

    mtcookie Dances with Chickens

    Mar 17, 2009
    Santa Cruz
    I have two birds that are "practicing laying", meaning I should be getting eggs any day now. Today I caught one picking up straw from one side of the coop and taking it over to her nest. she did this over and over again till she finally sat down. Yet, still no egg LOL.

  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    One of my hens has decided SHE needs decorating, right after she lays her egg, announces it to the world, and leaves the nest. She picks up bits of dried grass and tosses 'em onto her back. And then she struts down the walk, all gussied up.
  9. jojo54

    jojo54 Songster

    Aug 24, 2009
    BC Canada
    Quote:I have one that does that too. Funny girls!
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2010
  10. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Quote:Maybe she's a Prada run way chicken... [​IMG]

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