Broody Chicken Got to be Hungry?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kprhok, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. kprhok

    kprhok Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 18, 2009
    I recently built a chicken coop and purchased 9 buff orphingtons and a rooster from a local farmer. They've been great at laying eggs, but for the last two weeks I've noticed one chicken has not left her box. I assume this is because she is planning to hatch some eggs, which is fine. However, how can a chicken live for two to three weeks without ever leaving the nest? I thought virtually any animal would die if it didn't at least have some water periodically. I've never seen a chicken so still. Do I need to intervene in any way? I don't want to lose a chicken due to my lack of farming skills.
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Dont worry about her, she will be fine. She will leave the nest at least once a day to eat, drink, and poo.
  3. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    look around the run and coop for a really large poo, like golf ball size. Thats her getting up to take care of things. mine is penned in with water and food and only poos once a day but gets up a couple times for a few minutes to eat and drink. She usually sits tight when I go in the coop I think because she doesnt want me messing with anything.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    As the others said, she will get up and eat, drink, and poo. Don't worry about that part.

    You may already know this, but just in case. As you have elected not to isolate her from the rest of the flock, you need to check under her and mark any eggs that are there. A black magic marker works fine. Then, you need to check once a day and remove any unmarked eggs. They are safe to eat. The other hens will continue to lay in that nest. Any newly laid eggs will not hatch with the others. Also, if she gets too many eggs to cover, any that have started developing and she does nto cover properly will die. If you remove her from the nest daily to check for fresh eggs, she will probably take that time to eat, drink, and poo.

    Many people always isolate a broody and would not do it any other way. Many people never do. There are reasons both ways. Both methods can be successful, a lot depending on your broody and your set-up. I have my isolation pen already built in case I get lucky and get a broody. I'll include a link to someone who does isolate a broody. Note she has a lot of room. Even if you don't isolate you will learn a lot fromthis link.

    And here's a link on how to move a broody if you decide to go that way.

    Finally, a couple of links to incubation websites. They don't apply to you as you are using a broody, but they will help you understand the process. publications/b6092.pdf

    Good luck.

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