BTW Japanese Pullet Gone!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jc12551, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. jc12551

    jc12551 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
    S.W. TN
    I have four BTW Jap. pullets hatched in May that give me three eggs every day. I have only been getting one or two recently and I found a hidden nest in the run last week with three eggs in it. Yesterday I came home and heard a hen cackling in the woods. It was around 10pm, but we got flashlights and went out. Nothing. I counted the birds and one of the bantams was gone. Sometimes they roost in trees so we looked, but found nothing. I went out today and looked for signs of a struggle/stray feathers but didn't see anything. I also poked around looking for a nest. Any hope that she has gone off into the woods to brood? I don't want to give up hope, but I don't want to count her out yet. We had a dog attack a few months back and we thought this one hen had been eaten. Three days later she came back. How many eggs would a BTWJ lay before going broody anyway?
  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    They can go broody at any time, after a few or after a lot. I had one go broody once that wasn't even laying. She could be brooding, but chicken noise that late at night does not bode well for the chicky.

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