Throwing Leaves Over Shoulders?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by purpletree23, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Songster

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    I have a hen who is about 6 months old. Yesterday I noticed something strange. While she was out free ranging (at least 2 hours a day) she was picking up leaves and leaf pieces and was trying to throw them over her shoulders. Why is she doing this?

    Thanks:)
     

  2. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    My broody hen was doing that when I would make her get off the nest (no fert. eggs --so twice a day I would lift her out of the nestbox and place her in the run).. She was putting shavings and leaves on her back.. Not sure why but when I asked --others stated it wasn't abnormal for them to do it!
     
  3. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
    Trenton, FL
    Mine do it when they get into the nest boxes. I have one that likes to lay in the corner by our house where there are lots of leaves and she also puts them over her back.

    Silly hens [​IMG]
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

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    The theory that makes sense to me is that it is an attempt to camouflage themselves, going back to when they nested under a bush and were trying to hide from predators.
     

  5. abhaya

    abhaya Songster

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    Yep they are hiding
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I prefer to think they are decorating themselves, because one of my really prissy hens does this AFTER she leaves the nest. It's a fashion statement: All Dressed Up Fancy Because *I* Just Laid An Egg!
     
  7. dwegg

    dwegg Songster

    i have noticed mine do this when they are not well...?
     

  8. Mine do it after they lay and are leaving the nest box.
     

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