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Broody Hen or Not broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lisa Doodeman, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. Lisa Doodeman

    Lisa Doodeman Just Hatched

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    So about 3 weeks ago. I picked up a RIR Hen from a friend.
    The last 2 days all she has done is sit like a flat pancake on the ground and now refuses to come out of the roost.
    When I go near her to check for eggs. She wiggles, but stay there. There is no eggs underneath her atm.

    In the pecking order, she is the last.
    So is she broody or Sick.

    Suggestions please.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Is she on a roost or in a nestbox? Is she possibly squatting for you as you approach, or is she puffed up and grumbly, and refuses to move?
     
  3. Lisa Doodeman

    Lisa Doodeman Just Hatched

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    She is in the nesting box. Sitting . Shes a very quiet chook. She just looks flat

    I dont own roosters. Just 3 hens.
     
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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    They still can go broody without a rooster. It's a hormonal phase. When removed does she make a continuous clucking? Than return to the box? She's probably broody if she does. You can break her by putting her in a wire bottomed crate slightly elevated off the ground, otherwise they can stay broody for months.
     
  5. Lisa Doodeman

    Lisa Doodeman Just Hatched

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    Ill remove her and see what Pebbles does.......brb

    Pebbles is out of the box, back behind the date palm, away from the other chooks. No eggs
     
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  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Is she clucking, though I've had silent broodies. Sick hens will look sick and won't move much and will fake eating. Broodies will usually be slightly puffed up continuously.
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Broody hens also stop laying, so she wouldn't be laying while broody.
     

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