hen behavior?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cavendish Chickens, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have two leghorn hens. One white, one light brown. I've been noticing for the past few days that they will charge at each other, stop, stand as tall as they can at each other, then stop and act like nothing happened. Sitting side by side, eating together, perching together. What are they doing? Deciding their pecking order? This is our first time raising chickens, so we're not sure of their behaviors.

    Another question I have is about building them a nest box. I already plan to make it big, and obviously attached to the coop. But what is the best material to use?
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls did that every morning for a while, then I think they got tired of it. It may be pecking order, or it may just be playing. Whatever it is, it's normal.

    I use shavings in my nest box because that is what I have. Make sure your nest boxes are lower than your roost. [​IMG]
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    they are play fighting. Best buddies do that some times.
     
  4. Cavendish Chickens

    Cavendish Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh. Okay. That kind of makes sense. I wonder why they do it so much. It's off and on throughout the day. Guess they're just bored. lol Need more things to stimulate them and keep them happy. For now we just have a plastic chair and a somewhat good sized rock. Hmm... would a mirror be a bad idea? lol The roo may not like it much, huh? lol Oh well. Any tips for fun stuff to give them?
     
  5. Rachel'sFlock

    Rachel'sFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    my girls can amuse themselves for an entire day with a clump of grass with roots and dirt attached. Best if it is soft grass, dandelions and/or clover as the greens. They scratch for bugs, strip the greens bare and just generally play King of the Hill with it.
    Lasts all day and is a healthy snack!

    Bright Blessings
     
  6. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls do that too. Charge at each other, fluff their feathers, make some noise.
     
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Yup, chickens at play.

    Another fun thing to set up for them is Tether Cabbage!

    Use an apple corer to make a hole all the way through the cabbage head, run some polycord through it, tie it up so it hangs off the ground just above the height of their backs, and let 'em at it.
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    Even the rooster gets in on it.
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    And what is left after a day of play and nibbles.
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