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    • CommentAuthorchooksnpinkroses
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2014 1:10am (Dec 30th 2014) edited
     
    Anyone else noticed this with their chooks?
    We have 8 chooks at present and 10 perfectly good laying boxes (LB) spread around the yard in 4 different hen houses. They all have fake eggs in them and the shredded paper is replaced as necessary. The thing is that the chooks usually all want to lay their eggs in the same 2 or 3 LB. If one hen is in and another wants to get in, she stands there and squarks and carries on till said LB is vacant and she can get in. Sometimes, depending on who is in and who wants to get in, the hen who is in might get chased out by the other, bossier chook. Then all of a sudden, one day they change their favourite LB to a different one. So they tend to move around most of the LB's in any given year.
    Funny little things, aren't they?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2014 12:12pm (Dec 30th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha! Can't say I've ever seen it happen as we've only ever had small flocks that only need one nesting area.

    Do your hens go up to lay in pairs or more? Tilly and Penny quite often went up to lay together and would stay up there for ages, leaving Milly down alone pining for them :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2014 12:23pm (Dec 30th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey chooks, I moved your post to the new 'Animal care and behaviour' section of the forum, seeing as it seems to fit best there. It had fallen off the page on 'Important information and News', so hopefully more people will see it and reply here :smile:

    Hope that's okay!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2014 2:50pm (Dec 30th 2014)
     
    Cats are the same - a new box arrives and they'll queue up to sleep in/on it, completely ignoring the favourite from the day before. My Christmas present arrived yesterday (boots). Tabby decided she was sleeping on the box and literally didn't move all day apart from 2 feeds when she bolted her food down and ran back to the box before I could tidy up and get there to open it. Hubby moved it to the bedroom this morning while I was out and now Tingers is sleeping on it! Never going to get to wear those boots!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2014 5:48pm (Dec 30th 2014)
     
    Mine have their own henhouse with nestboxes attached, as is the norm. The henhouse is warm (heated!) and dry and all filled with hay. So they lay their eggs in the rabbit hutch in the rabbits' bed.:blink:
    • CommentAuthorchooksnpinkroses
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2014 1:41am (Dec 31st 2014) edited
     
    to Red's query, 4 of our laying boxes are big enough for 3 hens to comfortably sit to lay if they wish, but they definitely prefer to have any given LB to themselves while they lay.

    I don't mind my post being moved either. It's hard to decide where it should go sometimes...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2014 5:41am (Dec 31st 2014)
     
    We use to have 6 nest boxes, but they only ever used the same 2, so we got rid of the other 4 when we moved their coop last time.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2014 4:49pm (Dec 31st 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chooksnpinkrosesto Red's query, 4 of our laying boxes are big enough for 3 hens to comfortably sit to lay if they wish, but they definitely prefer to have any given LB to themselves while they lay.


    Wow that's weird! Our chucks preferred to lay together as if it was some social activity haha, I assumed it was an 'all chickens are the same' thing!
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    Occasionally if a chook is in the fave LB and another chook is desperate to get in and lay, she'll hop up and wiggle into the edge of the LB and quickly lay her egg and then leave. But they generally don't like to hang out together while they are laying.
    I watch them fairly closely so I see all the funny things they do. They really are the best entertainment, like watching fish in a tank or a fire crackling away.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2015 2:46am (Jan 1st 2015)
     
    My Silkie chickens like to lay eggs together and hatch them together too. It's so cute to watch them steal each others eggs back and forth.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2015 1:05pm (Jan 1st 2015)
     
    Locky went broody and Nugget was fed up on her own...so went broody in sympathy!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2015 7:51pm (Jan 1st 2015)
     
    Animals are fascinating, and it seems just as we think we have them sorted out they throw something else in to confuse us. Love all these stories of what your hens get up to! xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2015 5:25pm (Jan 2nd 2015)
     
    You can say that again. Found Nugget atop the garden wall today...over 6'. No idea how she got there. And I fell down a rabbit hole (up to my knee) whilst putting obstacles up on top of the wall...just call me Alice in Wonderland!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2015 6:23pm (Jan 2nd 2015)
     
    Hope you didn't hurt yourself! Did the bunny run past professing to be late?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2015 7:05pm (Jan 2nd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh Nugget...what was she doing up there?!

    We once found Penny in a 7ft conifer, my dad had to get stepladders to get her down and you can imagine how pleased she was about that! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2015 4:41pm (Jan 3rd 2015)
     
    She was still facing into the garden - I just prodded her bum with a stick and she fluttered back down. Baggage - I nearly had a fit!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2015 5:32pm (Jan 4th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling: