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Help please! Will not leave the messing box

post #1 of 8
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I have a chicken who will not leave the nesting box. She is not dirty with poop. She is also losing weight. I have no idea what to do. Thank you for any advise
post #2 of 8
Is she lying very flat like a pancake?
Does she growl and peck you when you try and take eggs from her?
Are her poops very large, long and smelly?
Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
If you want to read my chicken adventure, here it is :
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Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
If you want to read my chicken adventure, here it is :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/947562/my-story-our-experience-join-me-on-my-adventure.
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post #3 of 8

It sounds like she is broody. Assuming so, I'd suggest typing "breaking broodiness" in the search box - there is a wealth of info there. I'd say a common method is using a broody buster which is simply a small wire crate (or something with lots of holes) - have the crate suspended above the ground to increase air flow, put chicken and food and water in there and leave her there for 2-3 days. 

 

All the best

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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post #4 of 8
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There is no poop or egg to collect
post #5 of 8
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Update! I pulled her out of the nesting box and put her on the ground. She took off to eat and drink. Only activity I've seen from her
post #6 of 8
Do you have a photo of her when she is sat in the nesting box? Like CTKen said, she is probably broody.
Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
If you want to read my chicken adventure, here it is :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/947562/my-story-our-experience-join-me-on-my-adventure.
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Four lovely hens : An Exbattery Hen, a Lavender Araucana, a Wheaten Marans and a Gold Laced Frizzle Polish
Two dogs and four cats.
If you want to read my chicken adventure, here it is :
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/947562/my-story-our-experience-join-me-on-my-adventure.
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post #7 of 8

Is her belly bare of feathers? She sounds broody to me as well.

post #8 of 8
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She's not missing any feathers. Sorry no pictures
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