I think she is embarrassed

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 7L Farm, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone had a thread about chicken laying in the nest box's & she was throwing straw on her back. Well mine is doing the same thing. I feel she wants more privacy. What do ya'll think.? I hate to change anything cause she on a roll. Here's a picture of my box's.[​IMG]
     
  2. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would cover either the top or the front to make it more enclosed.
     
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks. I have been told to close the top before. The only reason I have not done it is. I found this coop in the woods on our farm. Its probably 50 years old. It was built by my grandfathers care taker. I moved the coop & used his design figuring he knew alot more about chicken care then I do.
     
  4. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
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    Cool! he probably did know more about chickens, but if your chickens don't like it I would enclose it a bit more.

    Mine like 5 gal. buckets (upright) and hay bales, even though they have 6 brand new covered nesting boxes.
     
  5. farmerbrownsdaughter

    farmerbrownsdaughter Out Of The Brooder

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    Yup, I'd put a board along the top.
     
  6. Rockerchic

    Rockerchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen my comet hen doing the same thing with the straw, putting it on her back. I have a covered nest box, so I don't thing the lack of a "lid" is the issue.Maybe it's just her way of rearranging the straw for comfort.
     
  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I would not cover the nests; there is no need. She is throwing stuff on her back for camoflage. It's an instinct from when they made nests under bushes, etc. It's not really a matter of privacy, it's a matter of blending in with her surroundings. She will probably do this no matter what kind of nest you provide. No harm done; let her do what she wants to do, I say.

    Some of my nests have tops, some do not. They use both.
     
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  8. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks, I've been around the block with these birds & I'll help them. But its time for some eggs. I think your right so Whats the saying if it works don't fix it.
     
  9. gingerpeach22

    gingerpeach22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are in nest boxes with tops. It's normal for them to reach for a piece of straw and toss it towards their back. After they lay and hop out, the continue to pick up a piece or two of straw and keep doing the same for about five minutes. Normal stuff.
     
  10. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Mine was doing that too. She went from box to box picking straw and tossing it onto her back . Then she would hop back into her box, shake and repeat several times. being new i thought they all did this...
     

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