Do chickens dig nests?

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

  1. CityFolk

    CityFolk Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 2, 2009
    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'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    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

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    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

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    sounds like a dust bath to me.
  5. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    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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