Why? Why? Why??????

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by gritsar, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Why are chickens so weird??????

    I recently added another nestbox to my larger coop, bringing the grand total of nestboxes to 7 if you don't count the broody crate that's in use right now. That's seven nestboxes for 17 pullets and hens; two of which - my little polish and the minorca - are not yet laying.

    In my brahma coop I only have three nestboxes.

    So why, when I let all the chickens out this morning, did I see...

    1. Two of the nestboxes in the larger coop with two hens a piece in them (while other boxes were unoccupied)?

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    2. Three of my younger hens make a beeline for the brahma coop nestboxes?

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  2. Honeysucklefeathers

    Honeysucklefeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] mine all use the same box, theres 9 boxes for 11 hens! Crazy chickens [​IMG]
     
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Aren't they funny? I have four nest boxes, and my gals only lay in the one box. I have nine laying hens right now. SILLY GIRLS! [​IMG]
     
  4. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know hens like their nest to be in a private area... Is that why? Of course if life did originate from pond scum, not that I believe it did, I wouldn't be surprised if chickens are a bit nuts...
     
  5. Cattitude

    Cattitude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hens down at the Farm have their choice of 3 old dresser drawers with straw in them. Most of them lay in the highest box. Then you have the weird ones who lay their egg on the floor in the corner. [​IMG]
     
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Quote:Who are YOU calling weird, lady? [​IMG][​IMG]

    I have a tractor with twelve ISA Browns in it. The nest box contains three nests. Every day we take 10-12 eggs out of the same nest. There won't be any at all in the others. Every day.

    Another tractor has White Leghorns in it - twelve of those too - again with three nests in the box. Every day we'll take 9-11 eggs out of the same nest. The center nest is always empty. The remaining nest may have 1-2 eggs in it. Every day.

    Still another tractor is full of Easter Eggers. They've only been laying these last couple of weeks. It has four nests in the box. Every day the eggs will be evenly split between the two outside nests and the center two will always be empty. In fact I think I'm going to stop putting litter in those two at all.

    Regardless of species girls share many of the same behaviors...
     
  7. Uniontown Poultry

    Uniontown Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 8 hens and 5 nest boxes. Eggs are laid in only the one nestbox, period. The other nest boxes are like little sleeping berths, each with a hen or a couple silkies curled up in them at night. Silly things!
     
  8. surgerynut

    surgerynut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are the same way. 7 nesting boxes & I never have to look past the 1st 2 for my eggs.[​IMG]
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Why are chickens so weird? (Or more appropriately: Why are Gritty's chickens so weird.


    Prestige units in the brahma house.
    Simply because they are chickens?
    Imp is having some fun?
    They live in SW Ark?
    At Gritty's? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Scooter&Suzie :

    I know hens like their nest to be in a private area... Is that why? Of course if life did originate from pond scum, not that I believe it did, I wouldn't be surprised if chickens are a bit nuts...

    The nestboxes, large covered kitty litter pans, are identical in make, size and color. The only difference at all is that the ones in the brahma coop are slightly higher. [​IMG]
     

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