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Broody or sick?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FuzzyUK, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. FuzzyUK

    FuzzyUK Hatching

    Aug 15, 2010
    Do hens go off lay when they are broody?

    One of my hens - I think it is only six months old - has gone off lay the past 3/4 days and has spent long periods of time sitting on her nest. I have tried removing her box but she then sits outside on the grass or a paving slab. She makes a strange clucking sound unlike in previous days.

    If I force her out, she eats very little and then tries to get back onto her nesting box, but will at times graze and scratch around outside on the grass for an hour or so. Her poo seems normal. I am not sure whether her behaviour is indicative of broodiness or whether she might be sick?
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Sounds broody to me. And yes they do stop laying.

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