Broody/Molting Buff Orpington

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ann10, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. Ann10

    Ann10 Chirping

    Jun 20, 2014
    Hi, I have a one year old buff orpington who stopped laying eggs 2 months ago when she went broody. I got her a black sex link chick to raise and she is now 7 weeks old. My broody hen also started molting 2 or 3 weeks ago. My other 2 chickens are only 17 weeks old and not ready to lay (no signs of combs or wattles yet). All 4 are sleeping in the nesting boxes and I have been wanting to discourage this for the time when laying starts again (I hope some time soon!). Should I kick them out, or rather, can I? Will this just run its own course?

  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Definitely kick the 2 17 week old's out of the nest box. If the broody is still raising her "chick", then I'd continue to let them sleep in the boxes. She should teach it to roost soon.

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