Silly little BO hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Gloria, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Gloria

    Gloria Songster

    I have a 6 month old BO hen. She went in the coop the other day and layed her egg in her favorite nest then came back outside. As she came out she started picking up leaves off the ground and trying to throw them on her back. It was like she was trying to cover her tracks of something! Has anyone else seen this happen? Is this normal or is she just a silly little BO hen? She kept doing for quite a few minutes. Just picking them up and throwing them on her back.
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    I've seen hens do that with the nestbox pine shavings. Interesting.
  3. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    my sussex used to do that. and chirped the whole time at anyone who came near her while she worked. she loaded only the largest shavings on her back. she would sit and look at the chips and toss the little ones aside.

    finally, after she had 'enough' in the nest, she would lay her egg.

    it's a hoot to watch. i hope she does it again for you, Gloria!
  4. meriruka

    meriruka Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Camoflaging for a sneak attack? Sort of like when hunters put leaf branches in their hat....

    Really though, my hens do that with's a nest thing.....
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I have never personally observed that behavior, but am interested in knowing why too. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I've read on BYC that this has to do with nesting instinct & possible pending broodiness.
  7. Gloria

    Gloria Songster

    Oh man, I've been hoping she would go broody all summer long. But I thought she was to young for that. I sure hope she doesn't do it now. It's getting too cold out now! Never had a broody before so I guess we'll see.

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