Broody?

angeru

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Would like to preface this by saying this is my first time owning chickens. I have a hen who spends all day and night in her nesting box. She apparently allows the other hens (including the one I am talking about I have 6 hens, no roosters) to lay in the same spot as her as I find all the eggs under her everyday, but besides that she doesn’t move. As I have read, chickens supposedly become defensive and aggressive when they become broody, but she is nothing like that. I take the eggs from her, pet her, and even remove her from where she’s laying, but she doesn’t really care. She doesn’t growl or ruffle her feathers or anything at all. If I take her out, she behaves like normal and will eat, but shortly goes back to the nest. This has gone on for 3 days now. Is this normal? Should I be concerned?

If it matters, my chickens are all about 7 months old and started laying in September. She’s the only one with this behavior.
 

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Would like to preface this by saying this is my first time owning chickens. I have a hen who spends all day and night in her nesting box. She apparently allows the other hens (including the one I am talking about I have 6 hens, no roosters) to lay in the same spot as her as I find all the eggs under her everyday, but besides that she doesn’t move. As I have read, chickens supposedly become defensive and aggressive when they become broody, but she is nothing like that. I take the eggs from her, pet her, and even remove her from where she’s laying, but she doesn’t really care. She doesn’t growl or ruffle her feathers or anything at all. If I take her out, she behaves like normal and will eat, but shortly goes back to the nest. This has gone on for 3 days now. Is this normal? Should I be concerned?

If it matters, my chickens are all about 7 months old and started laying in September. She’s the only one with this behavior.
Sounds like a broody hen, but an odd broody. Does she get bullied though? I would break her in a broody breaker. https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/outdoor-broody-breaker.76592/
 

angeru

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Tclloyd0812

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Sounds like she is wanting to go broody, although I'd definitely break her since you wouldn't have fertile eggs unless you buy some (or if you just don't want/need chicks).
I have had a few broody hens recently and my most recent was my one of my sweet little golden sebright hens. She doesn't care if I touch her or pet her, but she has always been a "pet". I can bring her in and bathe her and she'll sit on my shoulder. So it didn't suprise me that she doesn't care if I mess with her while she's sitting. I only let her have 3 eggs though since she is so little. Lol.
 

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