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Chicken acting strange

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 19marvinn, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today one of my cream legbars has been acting out of sorts. She hasn't laid an egg yet today. She is usually very good with egg production. She has not left the house all morning. She is bedding down beneath one of the nest boxes and hasn't really moved all morning. She will stretch her neck to get a sip of water and then go back to her spot. There is no egg under her. She keeps making this moaning purring noise, not really a cluck. Like she's in distress. She even let me pet her, she usually has a fit. And to top things off, she keeps taking wood chips in her beak and putting them on her back! I think she might be looney. Any Help is appreciated! Thanks!
     
  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't want to alarm you but what you just said sounds like a 100% BROODY HEN
    Which means she wants to sit on eggs
    To make sure she is broody put some fake eggs under her, then in the morning look at her and if she is really puffy and purring she is definetely broody.
    Also if she poops and it is the biggest poop you have ever seen than she is broody
     
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  3. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will she stop if there is no eggs to sit on?
     
  4. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes but you actually have to put her in a separate cage to stop her broodiness
    As long as there is a nest box she will stay broody
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I'd suggest you search for "breaking broodiness" - lots of info on the threads there that i hope you will find useful.

    All the best
    CT
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Her letting you pet her when usually she won't indicates to me more a chance of illness rather than broodiness...broody's are usually more aggressive than normal.

    Putting bedding on her back is a typical laying behavior.

    So did she lay?
    Is she still behaving the same way?
     
  7. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She did lay but has isolated herself completely from the others. She goes out when the others go in visa versa.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    She may be thinking about going broody...or she may not feel well.
    Just keep an eye on her and hope for the best.
     
  9. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is she today?
     
  10. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is much better today. She is walking around with the others and hasn't been in the nest box except to lay. Thank Ya'll for your concern.
     

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