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My hen puts straw on her back after laying an egg. Why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Granolamom, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Granolamom

    Granolamom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My little BR hen, Sophie, just started laying yesterday, and today I got to watch her while she was doing it. When she was finished laying (I was surprised, because it only took her about 15 minutes), she got out of the nest and starting grabbing straw and depositing it on her back. She did this for quite a while, and I've never heard of this behaviour before. Do they all do it? Perhaps this is some leftover "nesting behaviour"?[​IMG]
     
  2. Mikeeeeeeeeee

    Mikeeeeeeeeee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My BR's do it while they are laying.
    Hillarious.
     
  3. chick2good4u

    chick2good4u Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have one girl that does it when she lays and often gets up with it still there.
     
  4. msgenie516

    msgenie516 The Happy Hen

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    Hi,

    I noticed two of my hens always play with the straw while they are laying. I never noticed it on their backs, but it could be. I guess just one of those crazy things chickens will do! Genie
     
  5. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    She is hiding her egg, but is misdirected!

    [​IMG]
     
  6. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    idk but its cute and i like it lol [​IMG]
     
  7. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    I've seen my BRs and RIRs do the same thing, silly girls! [​IMG] I figured it was a feeble attempt at hiding the eggs.
     
  8. buckeye lady

    buckeye lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's trying to camoflauge herself so you can't see her. She doesn't want you to steal her egg.
     
  9. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    [​IMG] a few of my girls do that while they're still in the nest box. its so cute
     
  10. andehens

    andehens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love it when they sit there and decorate themselves!! its soooo cute!
     

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