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Hens acting different

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MurphysBYC, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. MurphysBYC

    MurphysBYC In the Brooder

    Ok, I am very new at this whole chicken thing so bear with me. :)

    I have two 16 week old Cuckroo Marans and they are starting to lay on the ground and scratch on the ground like they are digging a hole. Is this a sign that egg laying is in the very near future?



  2. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    When mine lie on the ground and scratch, they are preparing a dust bath. They will assume all sorts of awkward positions, throwing soil all over themselves, flopping a bit, and preening. When they get out, they will shake dirt and dust everywhere. This is normal; and quite entertaining to watch.

  3. MurphysBYC

    MurphysBYC In the Brooder

    Thanks! Guess I am just eager for our first eggs. I love going to the coop and just watching them do silly things. Just have to learn what is all means.

    Thanks again,

  4. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

    Jul 22, 2013
    They certainly are great entertainment!

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