Burying eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by luvmyEs, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. luvmyEs

    luvmyEs Songster

    Dec 9, 2011
    North Carolina
    I have one funny EE who buries eggs in the nest box. She will lay an egg and afterwards collects pine shavings to bury her egg and any others in that box. Before I realized she was doing this, I would miss the eggs! Now everyday I have to dig for them. [​IMG] What is up with this?

  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    She's just trying to keep it safe to eventually hatch out.

    I have a few hens who are laying on the ground and I have to dig eggs out from the shavings also. They scratch the shavings up over the makeshift nest and completely cover them.
  3. Reurra

    Reurra Crowing

    Apr 11, 2012
    Nova Scotia
    This is instinct. In the wild, most avians will cover the eggs to prevent predators from seeing them. It also keeps them warm while mom takes a break and heads out for a little snack. She is just displaying primal behavior.

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