Hens in the same nesting box

Misterpigeon124

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I'm a bit new to raising chickens, so this may seem like a dumb question :) I have one hen that's laying and one that hasn't begun yet. For the past couple of days, neither has left the nesting box, and the non laying hen seems to be "protecting" the other hen. What's happening?
 

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BGcoop

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Ha! Cute picture. I’m new to chickens too so i’ve no idea, but today I saw two of my girls in the same box and when the first one laid her egg the second one stole it right out from under her and sat on it until she was done laying hers. I think it really confused the first chicken because she then continued to sit in the box for a while when normally she would leave.(No, the first chicken is not broody because as soon as she was done with her own laying she was out of there)
 

llombardo

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I have 6 girls, 3 are laying. There is always a group in there together when one is laying and sometimes even the rooster stays with them too.

When my barred rock was laying her first egg, my boy was right there with her the whole time.

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