Behavior

Lwaddle

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i have 3 hens but one will empty the nest box of all the bedding as soon as I clean it and put in fresh. They are 61/2 mos and are not laying yet. Combs and face areas bright red. Could this be a pre-laying behavior.
 

Lwaddle

Chirping
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Sep 3, 2015
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Me too. We had hens several years ago and it seemed they were laying by this age but they were different breeds. Just waiting!
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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Some young pullets do that. I assume yours is close to laying. I would also assume she will continue that behavior for a few months after starting to lay. Some younger pullets seem more vigorous about scratching in the nestboxes. Those that do it will often grow out of it eventually.
 

rosemarythyme

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This is normal behavior from pullets that are getting closer to laying. Some of them are very vigorous in kicking things around as they explore the nest boxes. Once they begin laying they should stop/
 

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