One chicken keeps kicking straw out of boxes..

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NikSmith, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. NikSmith

    NikSmith In the Brooder

    Oct 4, 2013
    I have one chicken who spends her time kicking straw out of the nesting boxes. She will spend most of her time in the box, outside of it, half in it, etc, and now I've noticed that she slowly (over a couple days) takes all the straw out of the boxes! Anyone else have a chicken that does this? I'm not sure what's up with her..if she is going broody, or if that's just her spot and her thing to do.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    It's very likely just 'her thing to do'. A higher lip on the nest box would make it more difficult for her to kick out the bedding.
  3. 3ChickensNADuck

    3ChickensNADuck In the Brooder

    May 30, 2013
    Lakewood, CA
    X2 sometimes chickens are evil :p
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Is she a new layer?
    They act pretty goofy until they figure things out, can take up to a month or so for things to smooth out.
    Higher front lip can help.
  5. robbiebobbie

    robbiebobbie Chirping

    Sep 6, 2014
    All of my chickens are doing this also. I don't know why either. I have tried pine shavings and straw. They kick out all of it. Good question! Will be watching for answers if any.
  6. tamijo33

    tamijo33 In the Brooder

    Dec 4, 2014
    My chickens have just started doing this too...never have before. But now as soon as I fill the nesting box, they (or one of them) completely empty it out. I even found 2 instances of poop in the nesting box. They never do that!! Wondered what caused this all of the sudden. I've tried shredded paper and straw in the nesting box. Doesn't seem to matter what the material is - they suddenly want it out.
  7. silkymom

    silkymom Songster

    Nov 20, 2009
    i use pine in the bottom of box and some straw on top i have a 4 inch ledge, they seem to use one box but they also like to perch there at night, and poop, i just clean the boxes alot i have 4 boxes about 3 feet off the ground and 6 hens and a roo, they dont seem to care if they soil the eggs, as long as i clean boxes im good, they just dont seem to care

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