Guard Hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hensdeliverthegoods, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Songster

    Dec 18, 2007
    Catawba County, NC
    I've noticed a behavior with my laying hens that I'm curious to know if anyone else sees it. When one of my girls is in the nest laying her egg, another one will stand in front of her on the ledge. The hen on the ledge is always facing out, and will usually only get down when the other one is finished laying. So you think she's guarding her "sister", or just waiting her turn? Whatever it may be, it's cute as heck to watch. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2008
  2. raindrop

    raindrop Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
    I've seen this before too. I think they are waiting their turn as I often find the "guard" chicken in the same box a little later. It seems as though no matter how many nice nest boxes we built, they only want to use 1 or 2.
  3. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    mostly they are waiting her to lay her get off the nest so they can lay their egg.

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