Broody hen hasn't left the nest in days??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FelixFelicis, May 19, 2016.

  1. FelixFelicis

    FelixFelicis Out Of The Brooder

    41
    2
    36
    Oct 23, 2014
    North Yorkshire, uk
    Hi, I have a broody orpington who has been sat on a clutch of eggs for a few days. 2 days ago I moved her into a seperate coop and since then I don't think she has left the nest at all. There has been no sign of poo in the coop or attatched run and she doesn't appear to have eaten or drank anything. I suppose I could just be missing her getting off the nest but I don't think I am. Perhaps the move has unsettled her and she's not sure what to do? should I try to physically remove her from the nest and risk her abandoning the hatch?
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,413
    387
    226
    Apr 22, 2015
    For your own piece of mind, feel the hen's body. If she is well freshed she is fine. I have never had a broody go hungry/starve from not leaving the nest. I have had many that I never saw leave the nest. Hens can be sneaky and unlikely to leave their eggs while there's someone about.
     
  3. ChichiZ

    ChichiZ Just Hatched

    12
    1
    13
    Aug 6, 2017
    My hen hasn't left her nest for a few days, so I'm hand feeding her and bringing her water to drink and putting it into a spoon and having her drink it off there. She seems pretty happy about the service
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by