Why does my hen throw grass on her back?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jaxneptune, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. jaxneptune

    jaxneptune Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2010
    Almost all of my hens will show broodiness every once in awhile. One does it every month or two. When I take her out out to let her range with the rest of the flock she just lays on the ground all fluffed up. Then she proceeds to pull up grass and throw it on her back. I usually isolate her for a couple of days and she returns to normal.
  2. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    I've heard that some hens will do that to collect materials for their nests.
  3. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    All of mine do it every day. Seems to be an indication that they got the deed done, even when they didn't! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2010

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