how does one small hen move over 20 pounds of rock every day?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by horsejody, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    One rock at a time. That's how. We have a large maple tree surrounded by ladscape timbers and rock. Everyday Missy (red jungle fowl hen) digs in the rocks and removes 20 pounds or more of rocks. It's getting to be a real pain in the butt! When we see her doing it, we spray her with the hose, but we can't seem to break the habit. Any suggestions?
  2. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Chickens can be entertaining and irritating.

    Sounds like she is doing one of the many things that chickens do, dig and scratch.

    The only thing I can think of off the top of my head is to keep her away from the area; keep her penned or fence around the tree.
  3. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    lol...I have a couple pullets that have completely dug a hole along side of my gets bigger and bigger each day...their free ranging days are coming to an end soon! lol
  4. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Mabye she is related to an ant [​IMG]
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Chickens are master excavators!
  6. Dash Riprock

    Dash Riprock Songster

    Sep 27, 2008
    Northeast GA
    Quote:[​IMG] I have a red sex-link that loves her some dang gravel. I have a french drain that get a daily cleaning and inspection.[​IMG] I just fill it back in everyday.....I look at it this way...She is giving the both of us something to do each day. Kinda reminds me of the movie "Cool Hand Luke"....

    Luke, what's yo dirt doing in Boss (can't remember his name)'s hole? Get in there in get dat dirt out.

    Soooooo....Am I Luke or the Boss? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]


  7. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    I guess if you're gonna have chickens, you can't worry to much about the landscaping [​IMG]
  8. kodiakchicken

    kodiakchicken Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Kodiak, Alaska
    I thought you were actually asking how it was happening and I was going to say "with a little wheelbarrow!" [​IMG] [​IMG] lol - I crack myself up.

    What is she doing with the gravel? Just digging it out for a spot to lay in? I have a flower bed that the chickens have claimed one specific spot in and I've just given up and decided its a sacrifice area. That's an official land management term, by the way - defined as an area you sacrifice for the betterment of all other areas!
  9. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Imagine how frustrating it must be for the poor chicken, having to redo her careful landscaping work EVERY DAY! [​IMG] I can imagine her going out there in the morning and thinking "Not Again!"

    Or maybe she's just a little closer to her wild jungle roots? She's smarter and knows that the good bugs are all hiding under the rocks.

    Maybe try to block off the parts you really don't want her digging in and leave her some areas to play with rocks?
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2008
  10. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    Is she building a house? Clearing out a sort of cavelike spot to put a nest and go broody? I know some fowl prefer a hidden place among the rocks? Or maybe she is hoping to come across a lot of grubs.

    Interesting behaviour. I have never had those so I realy don't know anything about them, but she has sure captured my curiosity and imagination.

    Here's hoping you find out what she's up to.

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