hen picking grass and putting on her back

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tuffy, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. tuffy

    tuffy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have never seen this question on here~ does anyone know why my hen picks grass, leaves and twigs and turns her head to put the litter on her back? I have 2 hens that do this. They usually do it when they are first let out to free range. ??
     
  2. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    Some of my hens do that when they are laying eggs.......I think it's just one of those things that they do.
     
  3. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    LOL that sounds so adorable. I don't know why they do it, but I have read here, and seen an actual picture, of a hen that poked things in her feathers like twigs and grass. Was really strange indeed!
     
  4. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Mine do that in the nest box or after laying.
     
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  5. hkwdesign

    hkwdesign Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my chickens does this with the straw (on the ground) after she lays her egg - it's very quirky!
     
  6. roverjohn

    roverjohn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A couple of mine do it before they lay. I thought it was some sort of weird nest building ritual.
     
  7. BrewedInNh

    BrewedInNh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sounds like they're camouflaging themselves. Are they comando chickens? [​IMG]
     
  8. schatze17

    schatze17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do it in the nesting box just before laying the egg. I figured it was something to distract them from the labor pains.

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  9. Hawyandotte

    Hawyandotte New Egg

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    I wonder if it's an instinctual camouflage tactic. If they were in the wild laying in a nest it would help them blend in with their surroundings. Just a thought.
     
  10. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a few of mine do it after they lay
     

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