Bantam Cochin pullet "squeals & whirrs" when we gave her an egg to sit

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickpuffs, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. chickpuffs

    chickpuffs Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2010
    We have 5 pullets: 3 Leghorns, 1 American Game bantam and a Cochin bantam. They all lay their eggs in the same spot in their nesting box (sometimes they squeeze together and lay them at the same time) and take turns sitting on them. None are especially broody.
    The Cochin comes in the house at night since she was being pecked on a bit. Usually her in-and-out routine is happy and regular.
    Tonight, however, she didn't wait and greet us at the coop as usual, nor did she come when called. When we brought her in the house she wouldn't stay in her box. She seemed distressed- frantically running about and inconsolable. My husband suggested that she might be worried about eggs. So, we put one of her eggs in the box, then put her in.
    Immediately she made a piercing shriek with much vibrato. She did this repeatedly as she pulled the egg in underneath her and began settling upon it. For the next 15 minutes or so her cries softened to squeals and whirrs.
    Does this behavior and noise sound familiar to anyone?
    We are not concerned, as the problem seems solved.
    However, we have a lot to learn about and from our chickens in order to take good care of them.
    Thank you for your response!
  2. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    Sounds like she might be broody, or showing signs that she want to be. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2010
  3. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    my 2 broodies-bantam cochin and a bantam faverolles have been like this. they 'talk' to the eggs and reassure themselves that they are still under them and developing fine.

    do you have any roosters to fertilize their eggs? if you don't you might want to get either some fake eggs or some golf balls for her to sit on for some time. there is a method to cool her underside down to break her of the broodiness but i haven't had to worry about doing it to mine yet.
  4. chickpuffs

    chickpuffs Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2010
    Thank you both for your replies!
    In response: we have no rooster- we thought the Cochin was "our boy" until she recently laid an egg in her house-box.
    We will consider the "decoy-egg" suggestion.
    The description of your banties talking to their eggs/reassuring themselves matches our pullet's "cues".
    I look forward to learning more about these special birds!
  5. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Just keep an eye on her and make sure she's eating and drinking. Our little D'Uccle went broody last month and lost quite a bit of weight before she finally gave up, even though I was lifting her off the nest several times a day and offering her food and special treats.

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