Do your hens create nice, tidy circular nests for their eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tasymo, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. tasymo

    tasymo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    I had no idea that hens would actually build a nest, but I've got one hen who spends alot of time fussing with the straw in the nest box and creates a lovely bowl shape with it. After she lays her egg, she seems to have some trouble breaking out of "nesting mode". She wanders around outside picking up bits of grass and sticks and puts them over her shoulders, for a few minutes before she starts pecking and scratching for food. Is this common? I've never seen any of my other five hens do that. The funny thing is, this is the least "feminine" of all my girls. For awhile I was afraid Harriette was a roo because she is much bigger and heavier that the others, and has a rather fierce, rooster-like face. I'm just curious if anyone else has hens who do this?
  2. LegHorn-BusHorn

    LegHorn-BusHorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Near STL mo
    No. mine don't build any type of nest at all, they, for the most part lay in the nesting boxes but don't care about the nest. I would think they would care a little about where they lay, but they don't, but I love them anyway. I got EGGS!
  3. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 31, 2008
    my barnyard hens do not make a nest but my silkie does
  4. tasymo

    tasymo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    I wonder if Harriette is more likely to go broody than the other girls?
  5. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    mine make a circle in the roost box and put the wood shavings on their backs.. other hens help each other with the shavings..
  6. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    My broody hens build lovely circular nests. The others really don't. But they all do the thing where they toss bedding over their backs after they lay. It's so cute!
  7. i'mclucked

    i'mclucked Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 5, 2009
    My girls make crop circles in the straw!
  8. lovetocook

    lovetocook Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 12, 2009
    Washington, NJ
    Two of my black australorps spend a good time each day making deep circle nests in their nest boxes each day only to be messed up when the BO's go in to lay afterward. The BO's flatten everything back down & then lay so I have to go digging to make sure I get all the eggs.
  9. 1birdlady

    1birdlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2008
    Spring, Texas
    Our BR's just scratch around in the pine shavings, sit a while (sometimes an hour or more) and then there is an egg....a MOST BEAUTIFUL EGG at that! [​IMG]

    We have 4 BR's, and 3 are laying, two every day, one now and then, (who gave us a 2 yolker once!) and one a freeloader so far.......mmmm?

    And yes, we're new at this chicken stuff...delighted in each and every egg!
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2009
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Yes, my girls make circular nests out of the hay.
    When I clean out the nestboxes I just stuff a bunch of hay in the box any ol' way. The first hen to use that box makes a nest to her liking.

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