Brody hen stops laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aemoody, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. aemoody

    aemoody Out Of The Brooder

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    I Have a hen who will be a year in June about two weeks ago went broody and has not laid an egg sense is this normal
     
  2. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    Yes, this is normal. They will also 'puff' up their feathers when you come near and will cluck alot. Nothing to worry about here. ; )

    HS Pye
     
  3. aemoody

    aemoody Out Of The Brooder

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    She is off the nest and has been for two weeks. We don't even have a roster. How long until they lay again?
     
  4. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, some hens aren't 'loyal' to their nests :/. Some hens will go broody without a rooster there.

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  5. Crysta

    Crysta Out Of The Brooder

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    It is normal for a broody hen to stop laying....

    You should look into breaking her broodiness. When she is broody she isn't eating as much or going to the bathroom as often as she should. Unless you want her to hatch an fertile egg you might want to stop her from being broody so she can start laying again. Some hens will stay broody until they hatch an egg.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-break-a-broody-hen
     
  6. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    Even if you do stop her from going broody. She will still most likely go through a molt which means it'll still take awhile for her to lay :/.

    HS Pye
     
  7. aemoody

    aemoody Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. I did stop her. Did not like the idea of putting them in water to cool off. We had a couple of cold spells her in the south. I just put her out on the roost and she got better but still not laying. Will keep an eye out. Thanks again. We are new to all of this chicken business but just love it!
     
  8. Crysta

    Crysta Out Of The Brooder

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    One broody hen can result in other hens to becoming broody.
     
  9. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never had or heard of that happening :/.

    HS Pye
     
  10. Crysta

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