Do your hens do this?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by moorechicks, May 12, 2010.

  1. moorechicks

    moorechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    We have noticed that when our hens are laying thier eggs they pick up hay and throw it on thier backs. Is this common and why do they do it? Thanks
     
  2. MiniBeesKnees

    MiniBeesKnees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Some of mine do, some don't. I suspect they are trying to hide themselves and it is some instinctive habit.
    They stopped that behavior when I switched from straw to pine shavings.
    No reason for switching other then just to compare. So far, I like shavings better.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Oh yes...lol. My BR will walk outside afterward, and continue to pick up pieces of grass or whatever and toss THAT over her shoulder/onto her back as well. It usually only lasts about a minute or so, then wears off. I assumed it was a flux of hormones released during the egg laying procedure [​IMG] That was my hypothesis...lol.
     
  4. Melissakins

    Melissakins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My new mother hen did that a few times when she was out with her babies for a dust bath/scratch/poo fest [​IMG]

    I wondered the same thing.
     
  5. moorechicks

    moorechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Well so glad to hear that mine arnt the only ones doing this...[​IMG] I was thinking maybe mine were taking after me with a OCD..
     
  6. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    It's an instinct - nest "building" or something or other. It's darn cute though.
     
  7. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine gather feathers.
     
  8. moorechicks

    moorechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:How funny is that?!! I would love to see that:lau
     
  9. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can always tell when they are getting broody. Lots of feathers in the nest box.[​IMG]
     
  10. silkydragon

    silkydragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its the chicken version of throwing salt over youre shoulder :p
     

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