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Broodie or stuck egg? Help!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by momofdrew, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. momofdrew

    momofdrew Songster

    My silkie pullet has just started laying...one Sat and one Mon...She has been sitting in her nest all morning without an egg...{figure she will be laying about every 2 days????}can they go broody even with out an egg to sit on??? or do you think that she is having a problem passing her 3rd egg??? How can I tell????


  2. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    My RIR hen does this. She will sit in the nesting box half the day to lay an egg. Then as soon as she is done off she goes. Just keep an eye on her.
  3. PaintedMeadows

    PaintedMeadows Songster

    Jun 19, 2008
    St. Isidore
    Will they come and go before laying? I have a hen here and I am no positive she is laying yet but the other day she hung out in the nest tucking herself all in with hay and then when she left, no egg. Today she was pacing around in front waiting for the other girls to lay and then when one came out she went in and sat on her egg and golf ball, moving the ball all over underneath her and tucking the hay around her. When she finally came out, no egg again. Just the other hen's egg. Could she be going broody or getting ready to lay as well? Seems healthy in every other way. Kinda cute watching her do all this. Just don't want her going broody at 23 weeks old. Oh, and she is a Buff Orpington.
  4. If she is still sitting there tomorrow try giving her a couple eggs to sit on and see what she does. That's what I finally did at 6:30 this morning. Put 3 bo eggs under silkie, one only half under her. Came back an hour later and she has them all tucked so tightly under her that it would take a jackhammer to get them out now. Broody.
  5. momofdrew

    momofdrew Songster

    well she finally layed an egg only in a different area of the coop...she has scooped out nests in the shavings on the floor not interested in the box with straw and shavings in it...it actually was smaller than the other 2 she layed...

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