Broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenprincess92, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. chickenprincess92

    chickenprincess92 Chirping

    Jul 12, 2010
    One of our hens is broody and has been for 2-3 weeks she wont eat or drink ,except the few times that I took her out and literally had to dip her beak in the water to get her to take one sip. What should I do?

  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Broody hens typically get off the nest once a day to eat, drink and poop. They sneak it when you aren't looking.

    Is she sitting on eggs? If not, you would either want to slip some day old chicks under her at night, or break her broodiness if you don't want more chickens. (search breaking a broody and you'll find lots of info) Chickens can't tell time, so she will continue sitting to the detriment of her health.
  3. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    Totally normal. She'll get off when she wants to. You could move the water close to her if there's room.

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