What does this behavior mean?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lunachick, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    I have a hen that every once in awhile she will pick up a pine needle or small leaf and toss it over her back. She will do this a few times then stop.

    She just returned to egglaying after going through a tough molt. Is this tossing of stuff over her back a nesting type behavior?

    Just wondering what it means....[​IMG]
     
  2. fornese

    fornese Out Of The Brooder

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    so strange, mine Rhodie pullet did the same thing just last week. I was baffled.
    Please let me know when you find out!
     
  3. tim_TX

    tim_TX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens toss pine shavings onto their back when they are in the nest box.
     
  4. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It means that they are TRYING to build a nest to cradle they're eggs, and later babies! Dont worry, it is normal in all bird species.



    Fresh Eggs
     
  5. fornese

    fornese Out Of The Brooder

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    but my girls have no Rooster. Will they still do this?
     
  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    It's camoflauge for nesting behavior - trying to hide themselves. Not terribly effective, but that's what they're doing!
     
  7. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Normal. It's to do with nesting instincts. But funny to peek in the coop and find a girl on the floor covered in loose shavings.
     
  8. fornese

    fornese Out Of The Brooder

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    silly chickens. they are such a hoot sometimes.
     
  9. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Oh, I kinda thought that as i was watching her, and she just went back to egg laying so I figured it HAD to do with something like that. It's awfully cute though, isn't it?


    Dang, chickens keep getting cuter and cuter.....[​IMG]
     
  10. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    My dad's chickens started layiing the most unusual eggs...they were covered with tiny white speckles that would flake off??? Was a HUGE mystery--until he found they has snuck into his storage house and feasted on a styrofoam cooler....the specks were tiny bits of styrofoam! Insolated eggs!!! [​IMG]
     
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