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Broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CrestedCream, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. CrestedCream

    CrestedCream In the Brooder

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    I think my silkie hen went broody. She’s normally the first out of the coop and last to go in. She won’t come out of the next box. I physically picked her up last night and set her in the yard and she just laid there for a minute and then got up and ran around for a bit and then went right back to the box. I’m new to owning chickens but I’ve gotten the hang of it for the most part, but I definitely notice her behavior isn’t the same. And it worries me. Does this sound like a broody to you guys??
     
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  2. chickengirl778

    chickengirl778 Songster

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    Yep! Does she "growl" when you open the nesting box?
     
  3. CrestedCream

    CrestedCream In the Brooder

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    There’s just one big opening on my nest box. She doesn’t really do anything if I walk over there but if I reach inside she pecks and makes little noises.
     
  4. CrestedCream

    CrestedCream In the Brooder

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    I just lifted her and there’s no egg but she won’t come out
     
  5. chickengirl778

    chickengirl778 Songster

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    Sometimes they will stay broody even with no egg! I just had an Ameraucana do the same thing!
     
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  6. CrestedCream

    CrestedCream In the Brooder

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    It came out of no where. She was fine the day before running a muck and then yesterday wouldn’t come out. :(
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

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    Yes, that is broody behavior. Do you want her to hatch eggs or do you want to break her from being broody?
     
  8. CrestedCream

    CrestedCream In the Brooder

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    Break her. She’s my biggest layer.
     
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  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

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    Put her in a cage with a wire bottom so air can cool her bottom. Elevate that so air can go under. Leaver her there for at least 72 hours and see what she does when you let her out. Give her food and water but nothing that looks like a nest. Most hens break in 72 hours but not all. You may need to repeat the process.
     
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  10. CrestedCream

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    Is there any other way? I don’t have. Cage with a wire bottom.
     
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