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Hens aren't laying. One broody hen.

post #1 of 6
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So, I had one out of my 5 hens acting like she was a mom. We do not have a rooster so I am saying she was broody. She would scream at me when I took the evgs and sat on ALL 4 eggs as though she was hatching. 2 weeks into it after kicking her off the eggs she seemed to "stop". Now all of the hens aren't laying!! Any reason? Ideas?
post #2 of 6

A hen can go broody whether a cock is around or not.

 

Did she stay on nest at night too?

Did you remove eggs everyday?

Was she on the 'favorite' nest?

Were the other birds laying during that 2 weeks?

Do you free range?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Yes to all above questions. They all only use one of the 4 a ailable nesting boxes.
post #4 of 6

If you free range they may be laying out in their range area...especially if the broody was hogging the favorite nest.

Coop them all up for a few days, put fake eggs/golf balls in all the nests.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #5 of 6

when I get a sudden drop in egg production, my girls have created a hidden nest. Go down and sit quietly and wait for the egg song, and they will lead you to the hidden nest. Sometimes it is hidden in almost plain sight. Worth a shot!

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post #6 of 6
I have found hidden nests by waiting to let them out until a little later in the day. The hens that aren't laying in the coop make a beeline for their hidden nests. I swear they cross their little chicken legs to hold those eggs in until I let them out.

Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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