Funny hen behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jaybud, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. jaybud

    jaybud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I noticed my sex link hen this morning grabbing straw from the nesting box. She was standing outside of it and rubbing the straw on her back for a few seconds then dropping. Kept doing this repeatedly for a while. Wonder what that was all about.
     
  2. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is your hen? She might be thinking of making her own nest elsewhere. I've seen mine do this, but they usually give it up and just get in the nesting box when the time comes.
     
  3. jaybud

    jaybud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is about 10 months old
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Many of my hens will put bedding on themselves as they sit in the nestboxes. It's more common in younger hens. I've also seen them continue this behavior after getting off the nest. I assume it's meant to cover the eggs and hide them, but not every hen has the instincts to do it right.
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I think that's such an endearing behavior!
     
  6. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Jaybud. I agree with the other posters - her youth probably has more to do with it than anything. It's instinct to make a nest and arrange it just so. She's practicing or perfecting her egg laying/nest building skills.
     
  7. jaybud

    jaybud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Funny to hear others seeing the same thing
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    My Hens do it to.....I have long pine needles that they pick up and rub on themselves.....It is normal...I never thought of it...?

    Just Chickens, being Chickens.......


    Cheers!
     
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