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She thinks she is so clever

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by odysseychicken, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. odysseychicken

    odysseychicken In the Brooder

    Jul 21, 2015
    My coop has three nest boxes. When I had four birds they laid in every box. They tended towards the middle one and the left one. Since I lost one bird a couple weeks ago they now only lay in the left box. No big deal. Chickens usually decide on a favorite. It is funny to watch them in the morning. One will be in the box laying and the other two will be lined up impatiently waiting their turns. Sometimes they get vocal and argue with each other. I used to sometimes catch two in there at once but not any more. They clearly take their tuns in pecking order. They have also been very consistent lately. For over a week now I have gotten three eggs a day from my three birds.

    After watching all this again yesterday I decided to put one of my fake eggs in the middle box to see if I could encourage one or more to use another box and maybe stop some of the bickering. Well, this morning they each took their allotted time and spent about five minutes each in their usual left box. When I went to collect eggs a bit later there were indeed three eggs in the left box. But not really. One of them had rolled the fake egg from the middle box into the left box. One of them is either anal-retentive or is trying to trick me into thinking she laid an egg when, in fact, she did not. They each spent five minuted in there and they each made their big announcement when they came out, acting so proud.

    I'm on to you chickens!!
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Or are the chickens on to you? That remains the question. [​IMG]

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