Pulling at straw bails and putting it on their backs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by packer fan, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. packer fan

    packer fan Out Of The Brooder

    10
    0
    24
    Apr 30, 2013
    I understand that a chicken in a nest may lay an egg then start to pull straw over her back while in nest but some of my chickens have been leaving the nest pulling at the straw bails and placing it over their backs. They aren't eating it or anything they are just standing there pulling at the straw and trying to place it on their backs. Why?

    I know it's a strange question.
     
  2. rainy hen lady

    rainy hen lady Out Of The Brooder

    35
    0
    24
    Oct 22, 2013
    mine do the same thing !! mostly my buff orpingtons,but some jersy giants as well do it.....hmmm ? ide like to know too
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    39,655
    1,177
    516
    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    It's a nesting instinct. They are making their nest with it.
     
  4. rainy hen lady

    rainy hen lady Out Of The Brooder

    35
    0
    24
    Oct 22, 2013
    but on their backs ??? crazy chooks :)
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    39,655
    1,177
    516
    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Yep, on their backs. If one of mine gets kicked out of the nest, she will walk around the coop picking up shavings and putting them on her back until she can get back in the nest.
     
  6. packer fan

    packer fan Out Of The Brooder

    10
    0
    24
    Apr 30, 2013
    That does make sense.

    Now, is it an indicator of posable broodiness?

    My chickens fight over an old sink I have in my season room. They'll use the dogie door to go in and if one is sitting to long the other will lay on top of her or next to her to get into the sink. I have two bails next to the sink and they have since started to lay their eggs in it. I have had eight eggs laid in two nests and they're not privet places. I have comfortable privet nesting boxes off the coop and some do use it but they think they need to lay in my season room.

    I have 15 pullets that lay about dz a day.
     
  7. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,401
    171
    143
    Sep 4, 2013
    Lower Alabama
    Some of my hens do it after them & the bittys jump out of the nest and are sleeping on the ground. Some kind of nesting instinct.
     
  8. coffeychicks

    coffeychicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    532
    29
    123
    Apr 7, 2013
    moncks corner s
    My broody do this. Usually to camouflage them selves. It is part of the nesting instinct
     
  9. Jajika

    Jajika Chillin' With My Peeps

    523
    10
    161
    Dec 24, 2007
    Northern California
    Wow---that is wild. I've never seen that?
     
  10. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,401
    171
    143
    Sep 4, 2013
    Lower Alabama
    We spend a lot of time with our birds and notice stuff that most people don't. :)
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by