Molting hen is now sleeping in the nest box??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LindsayB, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The title pretty much says it all...Why the heck is she doing this?!
     
  2. breezy

    breezy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dont have answer for you but I have one doing the same thing. My Jersey giant has always roosted at night but is in the middle of a pretty strong moult and now she is sleeping in the end nest box. Maybe they feel warmer in a nest box with less feathers than a perch? [​IMG]
     
  3. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She isn't really having that bad of a molt, not as bad as our other 2 easter eggers. I just can't stand her pooping in the nest box. Other than sleeping in there shes acting completely normal...[​IMG]
     
  4. Ogress

    Ogress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed the same thing as my girls started molting, and it does not seem to make a difference if it is a bird who loses them all in a short time, or slowly over months. I suspect they are trying to stay away from the roosters and the curious non-molting younger birds who peck at the bald spots.
     
  5. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find that sleeping in the nest box is the very first sign of molting in our flock. I think it's because they don't feel well when molt hits. They will return to the roost when they feel better.
     

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