Broody Hen or Egg bound

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dan1elle1, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. dan1elle1

    dan1elle1 New Egg

    Nov 19, 2015
    Hi everyone! I have 4 hens and one of them recently has been sitting in her nesting box for a few days and won't come out of the coop without me encouraging her to do so. I'm gone throughout the day so I'm unaware if she is eating and pooing but I think she's staying on the nesting box the majority of the time. If there are other eggs in the coop; I quickly remove them. I even put a cold water bottle in a few of the boxes. Her feathers get ruffled when I try to move her and she squaks a bit. I'm new to having chickens and would really appreciate your help. Someone said to check if she is egg bound and I'm not sure how to do this. I want to make sure she is okay and I of course want her to lay eggs again too. Will she be able to lay eggs again? Thanks.
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Hello, and [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our flock!

    Your hen sounds broody to me, but I'd still recommend posting in the Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures section to see what other experienced members think.

    Good luck with her!
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sounds like your hen is broody, however, if you don't have a rooster, her eggs would be infertile and a waste of her time and efforts. You could get some fertile eggs to put under her and she should hatch and raise them like her own. You might want to put food and water near here. Then you can monitor if she eats/drinks or not. Often a broody will not leave the nest to eat, drink or poop- some can starve themselves to death if you don't put them out 2 or 3 times a day to take care of their business.
  6. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    If indeed she is broody, which is sounds like she is, and you do not wish to hatch any eggs from her, then you should try to break her broodiness. I think that probably the most common method is to put her in a small cage (with food and water) that is raised off the ground for 3-4 days. In theory, the coolness of being elevated off the ground reduces her wish to brood and I'm fine with that, but from what i see, its being away from the flock - especially when its time for their daily treat of millet that drives them nuts!


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