hens shredding nesting material

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  1. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    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.
     
  2. bryan99705

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    Could they be softening what's being supplied in the nest for the chicks since they don't go out collecting materials?
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote: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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