Hens cleaning out nest boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mauka, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Mauka

    Mauka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just cleaned my hens 4 nest boxes and two eggs have been laid in them so far. I just went up to let them out and they destroyed the boxes! All of the straw is everywhere but the boxes!why did they do this??
     
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    They're just being chickens!! I put fresh straw in all boxes and they get in there, kick out the fresh all the way down to the wood floor - go figure! [​IMG] kinda like teenagers I suppose...
     
  3. Mauka

    Mauka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm dreading these so called 'teenagers'....I have a 2.5 yo and a 9 week old.

    My chickens on the other hand need to cut it out!!!
     
  4. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hahaha! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    Makua, you ain't seen nothing yet! There's a reason why teenagers are so difficult to get along with. It's so you'll be GLAD to see them go!
     
  6. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    At least you have time to prepare yourself - think of the chickens as 'on the job' training....................
     
  7. Mauka

    Mauka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the old saying is true about your kids being worse than you were I'm SCREWED. My toddler is giving me a run for my money. Everyone that meets her tells me she's a terrible two year old on steroids. It's the sass. She is SO sassy.

    My 9 week old however, she's an angel.
     
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    Beware the toddler who never goes through the terrible two's. You'll see that rebellion surface when she becomes a teenager. Teenager rebellion is much more painful to deal with!
     
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  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    How high is the lip on your nest? Hens like to scratch around and rearrange the nesting material. If the lip is not high enough they will empty the nest box of all bedding, any fake eggs, and any real eggs in there.
     
  10. Mauka

    Mauka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This may be the problem!! They are only 2.5-3 inches. My FIL made them for me and I wasn't very thrilled bc they are not what I wanted. Now I have a reason to redo them without hurting his feelers! Mahalo!!!
     

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