BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures › Can layers all of a sudden think they're brooders?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Can layers all of a sudden think they're brooders?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
For the past few days, one of my hens has been staying in the coop pretty much every time I check. I got married this weekend so I have been preoccupied with that but I finally went to check on her and she was just laying on top of about 5 eggs. She is also clucking a little differently. I made her get out of the coop today and she seems fine, but sounds different. Is this something typical? She's just a year old Australorp. Should I be concerned.
post #2 of 7
Sounds like she's gonna go broody...are the eggs fertile?
post #3 of 7

Australorps are a breed that can be prone to going broody. And yes, it can happen overnight. Usually there is a gradual build up to a hen going all-out broody, starting with spending more and more time on the nest. Eventually she will sit day and night. When she's done that for 3 days in a row, you can be sure she's all-out broody. Then you can either put her in an elevated wire crate to 'break' her, or give her some fertile eggs to hatch, or wait 2 to 3 weeks and pop some day old chicks under her.

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rod-T View Post

Sounds like she's gonna go broody...are the eggs fertile?
No roosters in the hen house.
post #5 of 7
I hope you get an answer because I have a very similar scenario. My barred rock is still laying, eating and roosting but she is spending huge chunks of the day in the nest box, even without eggs. She appears healthy. When I remove her she goes right back. The other day after I knew her egg laying was done, I closed her off from the nest boxes and she got frantic. She raced all around the run bwaking. She actually tried "nesting" or hunkering under my largest hen who was standing. Several times. It was weird. She was sort of dive bombing herself under the other hen. Also, when I checked her breast I noticed she had plucked feathers out.
Edited by Ember13 - 5/9/16 at 5:51pm
post #6 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by I dig chicks View Post

No roosters in the hen house.

Well you got few choices you can try to break her from it.. some people use cages or dog kennel. .

Or once she sets constantly you could get fertile eggs from online here or craigslist. .

Or you can buy chicks and put them under her at night.. you will have to let her set for awhile before doing that.
post #7 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ember13 View Post

I hope you get an answer because I have a very similar scenario. My barred rock is still laying, eating and roosting but she is spending huge chunks of the day in the nest box, even without eggs. She appears healthy. When I remove her she goes right back. The other day after I knew her egg laying was done, I closed her off from the nest boxes and she got frantic. She raced all around the run bwaking. She actually tried "nesting" or hunkering under my largest hen who was standing. Several times. It was weird. She was sort of dive bombing herself under the other hen. Also, when I checked her breast I noticed she had plucked feathers out.

Sounds like your girl is flirting with the idea of going broody, but the hormone levels aren't high enough for her to go all the way broody.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures › Can layers all of a sudden think they're brooders?