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Why are they pretending???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenlickin8, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't understand why my girls go in the nest box and sit there for awhile and then...NOTHING! I am getting 1 or 2 eggs a day but the other girls are the ones doing the PRETENDING to lay thing. Is this part of them getting ready?? It gets my hopes up every time I see them do it. Here are two of them doing it today caught in the act.....

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  2. sunnydee

    sunnydee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Practice makes perfect??
     
  3. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess so...LOL! [​IMG]
     
  4. warren

    warren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a nearly-3-year-old who does that. She has had plenty of practice so she must have another reason.
     
  5. MaryT

    MaryT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe they are making sure it is safe before they lay.....
     
  6. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

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    Maybe they are resting instead of nesting [​IMG]
     
  7. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have hens that do that,all different ages. They are molting,stopped laying for some time now. I guess it's like old habits are hard to break,kinda thing,lol.
     
  8. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of them did again this morning right after I turned their light on at 6:30AM. She ran to the nest and jumped in one. She then turned around and moved the fake egg under her.....then nothing! She got off the nest without laying...NO EGG! [​IMG] I have 2 others doing this as well. They are 6 months old now. What's up with this behavior?
     

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