Hen moved nest laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickNanny13, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    I've got 4BO that made a year old today. They all share a huge dog house for a nest box, had another set up, no one was using so removed it. All have been laying since early October last year. The past few days Big Bird decided to lay in the back corner under the nest. It's ok with me but curious as to why she's doing this. These 5 Wyandottes laid together in the nest ...

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  2. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

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    She decided to protect her eggs, you keep on taking them away. It’s normal, if she thinks it’s safer somewhere else to lay she will. There was also a probability she didn’t want to wait for her turn.

    I’ve got Black Copper Marans that keep on moving their laying to different nest boxes every few weeks.
     
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    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Never thought of that, interesting, I try not let them see me taking the eggs :hmm The 4BO's eggs have individual shapes/color, so it's only that one who does it now & then. The 5 Blue Wyandottes in the pic would all lay together :) that was a sight to see.

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    Spartan22 Crowing

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    I think it’s an instinct to procreate and protect the next generation of their line, otherwise their genetic line or chicken itself will be extinct, LOL.
     
  5. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

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    Mind you I got 14 nesting boxes, no one uses 5 of them for some reason, whereas they used to. Then they will line up and crowd on certain ones and even push each other out. They have an innate safety issues for their eggs ha ha ha. Safety from me eating their “precious” line.
     
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    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    I hear you ... I'm limited to 6 pullets in our residential area. The 5 Wyandottes worked good but when I switched out to the BOs, due to size I have only 4. I prefer keeping an even number/breed, I find they are cliquish.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Maybe she's thinking about going broody and is avoiding the crowd?
     
  8. ChickNanny13

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    Didn't think about that either. Hope she's not going broody, I don't need one. Thank you all for your thoughts, love having the extra minds at work :love
     

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