Weird hen behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by annaraven, May 18, 2011.

  1. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

    Apr 15, 2010
    SillyCon Valley
    Stella, our Sicilian Buttercup, has been very interested in Mama Buffy and her chicks. Great. Buffy is fine with her being "Aunt" Stella.

    But, tonight, when I went in to check on the chickens, Buffy was in her brooder cage with her chicks, 6 of the hens were up on the roost where they're always for the evening, but Stella was laying on the poopboard! She's perfectly capable of hopping up to the roost- I walked over and she hopped off and then hopped up again when I went out. She seems to want to lie on the poopboard (where she'll get, well, *pooped* on tonight) instead of roosting on the roost where she's been for months! I don't understand. Why would she do something like that? Any ideas?
     
  2. BANTAMWYANDOTTE

    BANTAMWYANDOTTE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is she? Has she ever went broody? She may have a very strong mothering instinct and simply wants to be a mother. Especially if she has went broody and you stopped her. If she has never went broody, I would expect it to happen soon.....
     
  3. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

    Apr 15, 2010
    SillyCon Valley
    Okay I could accept that maybe she's going broody, but...

    on the poopboard?
     

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