Covering Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jdoane, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering. My one layer ( a 9 month old SLW) has started covering her egg with shavings in the nesting box. This is new - I always used to just find the egg laying there right on top but now have to really look for it. Is she covering them to keep them warm now that it is really cold?
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    My hens occaisonally cover their eggs with shavings, throughout the year, even in the summer. I doubt that she's doing it to prevent the egg from getting cold. More likely, she's spending more time in the hen house and nest box because of the cold, and is kicking shavings onto the egg.
     
  3. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That makes much better sense!
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have other young birds near lay? If so they may be scratching around in the nestbox, preparatory to laying their own eggs.
     
  5. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I have two other that look ready to lay. I was wondering about that too!
     

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