broody chicken cured but has not laid eggs in 6 weeks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jake T, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. Jake T

    Jake T New Egg

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    One of our girls went broody right after labor day at 6 mo's old. We did not have another cage to separate her from our other 5 girls. We did the ole wives tell and dunked her her cool water a few times and kept taking her out the nesting box. She had starting laying eggs before she went broody. We dunked her in really cool water the last time and that cured her although she was not happy!! But she is eating and drinking water and no longer broody. The problem also is when we brought them out to the new coop at 8 weeks old from being inside, she always had wanted to roost on the nesting box. Every night we go out and pick her up and put her on the roost. Since we have dunked her in water, we feel she feels like she is forbidden to be in the nesting box for egg laying maybe? This is the first time we have had chickens and we do not know what to do...we need a chicken therapist! She is being picked on by the other girls but she used to hold her own before brooding. Any suggestions on how we can get her to jump on the roost at night AND start laying eggs again? She is only 8mo's old.
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When a hen goes broody she will stop laying eggs. It takes a while fro them to start up again, the time varies from hen to hen.. Think on this, if a hen was raising chicks she wouldn't have the time to hatch more eggs so laying more eggs would be a waste. Keep trying to get her on the roost, some are stubborn. As to being picked on when they go broody they are removing themselves from the pecking order and without the incentive of chicks to protect it may take a while to work her way back up the order.
     
  3. Jake T

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    Totally makes sense! Thanks for the response![​IMG]
     

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