Broody or Constipated or what?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nic&Chickies, May 23, 2011.

  1. Nic&Chickies

    Nic&Chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2010
    New Britain, CT
    I know it sounds funny, but can hens get constipated? Phoebe, my Salmon Faverolle, hung out in the nest box for a looong time yesterday, until I took her out to "make her" get some fresh air. She was the last to lay the day before. There were 3 other eggs in there, but not one of hers (which are smaller than the others'). She yelled at me then, [​IMG] lots of squawking as she joined the other girls in the yard. A few minutes later, she, um, relieved herself, and there was a large quantity of poop--slightly bigger than an egg.
    I know that the cloaca serves all 3 biological purposes, and that Childbirth Ed classes warn you that labor may feel like you "have to go poop". So, is it likely that she thought she had to lay an egg, but was actually constipated?
  2. Cackling Hen

    Cackling Hen Just Scratching Around

    Apr 21, 2009
    Port Angeles Wa
    all my broodies do a big old stinky poo... As big as dogs sometimes. Sounds like you got a broody Also the smell is a smell you cant miss or forget peeee ewwww
  3. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    She sounds like she's broody to me. Does she fluff up her feathers and walk around holding her wings out? (Not like it's hot, but spread out and outstretched?) Does she make a clucking sound when she's off the nest? There's a reason old-timers called broodies "cluckers"- they make a very distinct clucking noise, different from regular chicken noises. Those are a couple of other behaviors you can look for.
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Sounds like she's going broody.

    And it's not really related to human childbirth. Hens hold it so they don't soil their nest.

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