Do chickens dig nests?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CityFolk, May 8, 2009.

  1. CityFolk

    CityFolk Out Of The Brooder

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    When I came home yesterday one of my chickens was sitting in a hole in the pen that was about 1 inch deep and an oval about 7 inches wide and a foot long. The hole was right against the chicken wire fence. I did not see any digging on the otherside in the yard so I don't think something was trying to dig in. The chickens are 5 weeks old.
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Take off the "nests" of your question and the answer is a resounding "YES".

    Chickens love to dig. They dig to dust bathe. They dig for bugs. They dig dig DIG.
     
  3. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    They don't "dig" nests. It was most likely just digging or it was digging a hole and dust bathing in it.
     
  4. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like a dust bath to me.
     
  5. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably a dust hole. But yes they will dig nests, or I should say I have one that will. My one broody hen will dig out a hole and fluff hay all around it into this cozy little spot. She prefers it this way.
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2009

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