Ok, not sure if this is "nesting" or not

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by whytedragon, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. whytedragon

    whytedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got my laying hens on Friday of last week, but the lady I got them from off of Craigslist says they were laying prior to selling them. I know they need to settle in, so I'm being patient.

    However, today they managed to get out of the pen through a crack in the door that had been left open, so I find them roaming the yard (no big deal), but one was on the side of the fence digging a concave in the dirt and kicking dirt up and off the sides while laying down. The other went back to the pen, but I left it open and she soon returned to help her with her digging.

    Not sure if this is egg laying behavior, or if they are just enjoying the dirt?

    They have a pen with plenty of dirt, but I haven't seen this behavior inside of the pen. They do have nestboxes, but only go to them at night.
     
  2. Big Red Hen

    Big Red Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They just might be taking a cool dirt bath.
     
  3. whytedragon

    whytedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is exactly what i'm thinking...but why did they chose a spot directly in the sun? lol.
     
  4. Big Red Hen

    Big Red Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG]...lol...
     
  5. ladrifter

    ladrifter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they wanted a hot dust bath
     
  6. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like they were dust bathing. Mine have dirt in the run also but when they get out to free range they dust bathe other places too.

    As for the sun, sometimes mine get out and lay on the concrete in the sun, stretch out the wings and legs. It is really a funny site to see. [​IMG]
     
  7. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    mine LOVE to dust bathe in warm, loose dirt. They only bathed in the cool shaded places in the hottest part of the summer. [​IMG]
     
  8. Sebrite_97

    Sebrite_97 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Sebrights do it all da time when its really hot. They dig in the dirt and sit to cool off. sometimes they all will do it together:frow
     
  9. cap1717

    cap1717 6 chooks, 1 slave. . . me!

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    My girls love to dustbathe, and have a number of "favorite spots" in the yard. . . even though I have provided a dust bath area in their run. The only time they use the one in the run is when they are cofined for several days. . . a rare occasion, and mostly when I am out of town and my chicken sitter does not want to let them out 'cause she is uncertain that she can get them back in. Chooks LOVE their dirt / dust baths!
     
  10. whytedragon

    whytedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's exactly what they were doing. I let them have at it for awhile, came back out, and they were back in the pen, no egg in sight.
     

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