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Laying hens performing gregarious nesting show less pacing behaviour during the pre-laying period

By Fernanda M. Tahamtani, Lena K. Hinrichsen, Anja B. Riber

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The phenomenon of gregarious nesting occurs when hens choose to enter and lay their eggs in a nest box which is already occupied by one or more hens, even when an empty nest box is also available. It has been suggested that inexperienced hens copy the nest selection preferences of experienced...

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  1. Frustration
  2. nesting