Broody? About to lay an egg? Is my girl OK?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nieceharr, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. nieceharr

    nieceharr In the Brooder

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    Hi,

    First of all, I'm not sure what people mean by a hen being "broody" - does that mean she sits on an egg to hatch it?

    Secondly, I got my very first egg yesterday from one of my 22-week old RIRs [​IMG]. However, she is acting weird today - panting (it is hot here and a few others are panting as well) and acting sleepy and standing/sitting with her rear in the air. I also couldn't help but notice that her rear (the vent, I think???) is swollen and throbbing and the "opening" is big (I hope I explained it correctly). Is she OK? Is she going to lay another egg?
     
  2. ChickyPooh

    ChickyPooh Songster

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    Broody means that the hen is trying to sit on eggs regardless if theres a egg in the nest.
    I'm not too sure but the hen may be eggbound (FYI the "opening" is called a vent)
     
  3. Jenlyn9483

    Jenlyn9483 Songster

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    im not an expert, but it sounds like she might be egg bound. Alot of times the first eggs are QUITE a bit larger than the regular eggs they will lay. Especially in RIRs or Red or gold sex links. I have heard of some heavy breeds laying two eggs in one day on the first day...But it definitely sounds like she is Egg constipated [​IMG] Sorry I dont have a rememedy for you, maybe somebody will have some better info for you,
     
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    This is a broody hen:
     
  5. nieceharr

    nieceharr In the Brooder

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    I looked at her more closely, but am a little nervous about hurting her. If she is egg-bound, would I see the egg?
     
  6. nieceharr

    nieceharr In the Brooder

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    Another question. In looking at other posts with egg-bound hens, I see that their rears are "dragging" or low. My hen's rear is up in the air. Is that still a sign of being egg-bound? I'm getting worried!
     
  7. blue fire

    blue fire Songster

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    you would not see the egg but you would feel it. some people suggest giving an eggbound hen a warm bath to relax her muscles so she can release the egg, dont try and pull it out.
     
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    A hen will tend to stand on one place and walk funny if shes eggbound, you can also feel the egg in her abdomen.

    If shes eggbound try putting her in a tub of warm (not hot) water for about 10-15 minutes.
     

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