Chickens guarding while laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ripper8382, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. ripper8382

    ripper8382 Out Of The Brooder

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    When I have a chicken in the box laying sometimes another will stand guard. Is this normal? [​IMG]
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I believe it's more they are waiting in line, but it is normal.
     
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  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    No guarding. They're wanting to get in there.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    x3...not guarding....it is waiting....cheers!
     
  5. ripper8382

    ripper8382 Out Of The Brooder

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    I got 4 eggs in the same box the other day. I don't get why they don't spread out. There are 4 boxes
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    They like to lay where there's already eggs, fake eggs in every box will spread out your laying. Seeing an egg in a nest means someone thought it was a safe place to do so in the hens mind, so she will see it as safe too.
     
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  7. twisted-acres-farm

    twisted-acres-farm Maiah and daughter dob aug 2, 2017 Premium Member

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    Cheap way is to hard boil some "reject" eggs and then use them in the nest just make sure to mark them in some way.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Mine always wait for the prime box. There are several available, but it's all about the location apparently.

    They'll even start harassing the hen in the box if she takes too long......could easily go to another spot, but NO! They'll cluck and growl and carry on until the occupant finishes her business and moves on.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Fake eggs can definitely help, but they can still bitchandmoan over a favorite nest.
    This morning I did an experiment, one fake egg and only in the normally least used(least favorite?) nest...it was the first nest to be used today.
    Went out to check things later and all 4 nests were occupied and there was LOTS of bitchinandmoanin going on.
    Just went and checked, one egg in every nest, but all the rest in the only baited and first used today nest.
    Doesn't prove anything, but it was interesting and semi amusing.


    Just wondered, @ripper8382 do those trays/pans tip when they stand on the edge of them?
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2016
  10. ripper8382

    ripper8382 Out Of The Brooder

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    They will tip fwd a bit but they don't seem to have that issue. They must step over and in them. No cracked eggs yet. I'm up to 5ish a day from 9 girls
     

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