Chciken laying in nesting box but not laying any eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Welsh Ducky, Nov 19, 2016.

  1. Welsh Ducky

    Welsh Ducky Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 6, 2016
    My chciken, Sanny, has been one of my best egg layers but recently she has stopped laying and she isn't even one year old yet, she sits in the nesting box like she is going to lay but she never does. And I don't think she is being broody because she isn't laying on any eggs....please if you have any answers they would be greatly appreciated! :D
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Broodiness is about hormones and occurs with or without eggs to actually set on. Can you snap a photo of her on the nest or describe what she looks like (is she fluffed up like a pine cone)? Does she react to you or other birds approaching the nest and, if so, how? Pick her up - is her underside hot? If you put her down outside of the nest, what does she do?
    It is also possible that she is not well, so, again, getting hands on her and giving her a once over will be helpful.
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

    Nov 7, 2012
    Is she spending the night on the nest, or just spending part or all of a day on the nest?
  4. Welsh Ducky

    Welsh Ducky Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 6, 2016

    Only parts of the day, if she isn't in the nest then she running around and hanging with the other chickens.

    And yes, she does get fluffed up like a pine cone and she does seem a little warm when I pick her up, if I take her out to f the nesting box she seems a little sleepy and just stands there for a few seconds then runs out of the coop to the other chickens. And she dosnt seem to react when I come to the nesting box. I will try to get a pic soon

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