do hens act weird when they are going to lay

JesusChick

Hatching
10 Years
Jun 9, 2009
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our chicks are about 18 weeks old and today one of them was sorta digging a hole in the dirt and "nesting" there. When ever another chick would bother her she would peck at it. Is this chick getting readyt to lay an egg or is something wrong with it. And how do I get them to lay in their nest boxes
 

SunnyDawn

Sun Lovin' Lizard
10 Years
Sep 12, 2009
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63
288
Nor Cal
That's not weird it's normal. It's called "dusting" and it helps them control mites and other critters.
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ksct

Songster
10 Years
Apr 23, 2009
459
4
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upstate, NY
Get A Bag Of Play Sand (or Any Kind Of Sand Really) And Spread It Out... Mine Go Crazy! It's Funny To Watch Them. At Least With My Chickens, They All Have To 'bathe' Themselves Practically On Top Of Each Other Because They Want The Spot The Other Was In.

...silly Birds
 

Land of Lost Toys

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jul 30, 2009
73
2
39
Ohio
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Not only do my birds want the spot the others were in, but our one cat pushes the hens out of their hole so he can lay in it and roll around in the dirt....silly cat.
 

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