Can a Hen be Broody Although She Hasn't Started Laying Yet?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickie Mamma, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Hello, My Partridge Silkie " Maple " was born 1/17/09. She is almost 6 months and has not started laying yet. I have noticed in the past week, that she has been laying in the same place in the coop and gets really agitated if I move her. She likes to lay on top of a hinged trap door that I use as my "in the coop brooder". I need to move her to put fresh food and water in and she gets nasty when I move her over. She is eating and drinking, but not for long and goes back to her little spot. I have 5 nest boxes in the coop and would like her to use one of those as I have no other broodies in there. Any advice on how to get her to use a nest box? Thanks [​IMG]

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