Two hens sharing egglaying/sitting duty?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by steveg144, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. steveg144

    steveg144 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 12, 2011
    As someone who's never been near a chicken except for an emotionally scarring visit to my uncle's farm at age 5 when I was butted by a goat and chased by a roo within 5 minutes of arrival! [​IMG] I find the antics of our two adoptee hens to be amusing. One thing that is both "amusing" and perhaps "odd": the two ladies seem to be sharing egg duties. Camilla the Leghorn pops out an egg a day, like clockwork (we know they're hers because they're white). Nothing from Nigella the Austrolorps. BUT, and here's the possibly "odd" part: Nigella seems to be doing the bulk of the egg-sitting behavior! Now that we have them in their new coop, it's much easier to observe the behaviors. Camilla lays the egg, then comes out of the house and gives a big Shout Out to the world (is it usual for a hen to let out a big whoop and a holler after dropping an egg? Serious question). Then she chows down (I'd imagine making eggs is hungry work), and Nigella goes and sits on the egg. I haven't actually caught Camilla sitting on any of her own eggs, she seems to figure that if she's doing all the hard work and Nigella is eggless for whatever reason, then the least Nigella can do is sit on them.

    Is this kind of division of labor common? Or are my hens just a bit "weird"? [​IMG]
  2. spotsplus

    spotsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    Franklin, MA
    LOL- sounds cute [​IMG] Yes, it's common for hens to come out singing after laying eggs [​IMG]

    I had the same situation here last year with two of my banty hens Little Red and Penny:

  3. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    That's a cute picture! I have had three game hens sit and hatch out 15 eggs in one nest. The three were great parents.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2011

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