hens shredding nesting material


Crossing the Road
14 Years
Sep 19, 2009
Holts Summit, Missouri
I have been noticing my hens when incubating a clutch of eggs tend to shred nesting material. My nests are boxes with a sandy loam soil added to buffer changes in humidity and red winter wheat straw for insulation. As eggs are being laid, a depression or nest bowl is maintained. Once incubation gets underway, straw appears to become finely shredded like what you would expect material in a robins nest to look.
Could be. It also maybe a better insulator when shredded, making it easier for hen to keep clutch warm.

As for not being inclined to collect materials, I am going to put that to test with next brood. Hen I am observing now is a red jungle fowl. They do things differently than domestics, even in respect to nesting activities. I am surprised they nest in elevated locations though. In nature seems ground nesting would be rule.

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