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I have a hen that has gone broody but doesn't have any eggs? She has been in the same box for 3-4 days and will give me a primal almost dinosaur sounding scream if I lift the curtain to look at her. She appears healthy. Today I finally got up the nerve to pick her up enough to see how many eggs she has. There were none! After I moved her she continued to lay as low as she could with her feathers puffed up. There were no dropping in the box so she is apparently getting out and eliminating and presumably eating and drinking. I was ok with her hatching a few little ones that is why I let it go on this many days. Is she ok? Is this normal? Will she eventually lay eggs? Is there something I should be doing for her?

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Yes, this is normal.  Some broody hens are just content to sit in the nest box, thinking there are eggs under her.  From what you describe, she's definitely broody.  The broody stare and broody sounds really make me grateful that chickens are not any bigger than a few pounds.  Some of their sounds remind me of Jurassic Park.  

 

Do you want her to incubate and hatch out chicks this time of year, with winter coming on?  If so, do you have access to fertile eggs?  Do you want her to incubate in the nest box, or have a separate area where other hens are not adding their eggs and potentially breaking hers?  

 

If you want to break her broodiness, put her in a wire cage with food, water and absolutely no bedding of any kind for 2 or 3 days.  It helps if the cage is off the floor, so air can circulate under it.  She should resume laying in 10-14 days.  


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Yes, this is normal.  Some broody hens are just content to sit in the nest box, thinking there are eggs under her.  From what you describe, she's definitely broody.  The broody stare and broody sounds really make me grateful that chickens are not any bigger than a few pounds.  Some of their sounds remind me of Jurassic Park.  

 

Do you want her to incubate and hatch out chicks this time of year, with winter coming on?  If so, do you have access to fertile eggs?  Do you want her to incubate in the nest box, or have a separate area where other hens are not adding their eggs and potentially breaking hers?  

 

If you want to break her broodiness, put her in a wire cage with food, water and absolutely no bedding of any kind for 2 or 3 days.  It helps if the cage is off the floor, so air can circulate under it.  She should resume laying in 10-14 days.  

We have a roo so yes we have fertile eggs. I was fine to let her hatch some if that is what her little heart desired. The coop is well insulated so I am not concerned from a temp stand point. But knowing she has sat this long with no eggs makes me think I may have to break her this time and see what happens next time if there is a next time.

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Many broody hens will sit for at least a week longer than the 21-day incubation period, so you could still put eggs under her if you wish.  

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