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Brooding question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SueD, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. SueD

    SueD In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2007
    Hi all, I have a question,

    Now that my one hen hatched her babies...my other hen is sitting in a box, and wont leave. She doesnt have any eggs she's sitting on, and she tried to bite me when I went to move her out of there. Why would she be pretending to be sitting on eggs now? and should I just leave her alone?

  2. Canarygirl

    Canarygirl In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2007
    I've always said chicken see, chicken do. I believe she'll get tired of sitting and will leave the nest. Try giving them some special treat and see if she will come down.
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    depending on how long shes been sitting in the box, I would say shes brooding. My hens have done this before and it scared the crap out of me because I thought they were sick. If she is brooding she wont lay any eggs and probably wont be moving very much, even if you pick her up and put her in a different place. You can either wait it out, or if your in a hurry, put her in a small cage with a black or dark blanket or towel completely over the cage. Supposedly this will bring the hens out of it (I learned this from a very established poultry judge a couple years ago).
  4. pharr389

    pharr389 Songster

    May 10, 2007
    southeast georgia
    if you have any eggs, put them under her. increase your flock!!

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