Chicken disappears then returns days later?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Petsforme, May 27, 2008.

  1. Petsforme

    Petsforme New Egg

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    Hi everyone, I wonder if any of you have had a hen that disappears then returns
    home only to leave again. This is a 5yr. old polish hen never been broody
    that was not in the hen house Sun. Eve. I figured something got her
    while she was free ranging. Then tonight she returns for an hour and off
    she goes again into the woods. She has always free ranged on our
    land. Anyone heard of this?
     
  2. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe she is finally decided she's ready to be a "mommy"?

    -Kim
     
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd follow her next time - sounds like she has a nest somewhere she's brooding.

    If you find her nest, you may want to consider moving her and the eggs to a safer place for the remainder of the incubation time...
     
  4. Petsforme

    Petsforme New Egg

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    I never thought that she would be broody? I'll try and follow her next time. I just hope
    she comes back and nothing gets her out there!
     
  5. Ron

    Ron Chillin' With My Peeps

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    working a second jo:thumbsupb to make ends meet????[​IMG]
     
  6. Ron

    Ron Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should have read: Maybe working a second job to make ends meet?????
     
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    She's sitting on eggs somewhere [​IMG]
     
  8. jemagsy

    jemagsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a hen run off for six days and then come back... since there wasn't a rooster around I "locked her up." She still isn't happy about it almost a week later, but she's doing terrific with our 8 week old roo & pullet.

    I have no idea where she went but I imagine she had a nest she was trying to protect.
     
  9. Petsforme

    Petsforme New Egg

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    Thanks for your help. I found "Polly" sitting by
    our wood pile on 16 eggs!!!!! She is in the chicken
    coop now with her eggs but she not real happy.
    She has never been broody before and being 5year
    old crested polish I didn't know she start now?
     
  10. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL Ron, the idea of a hen working a second job to make ends meet ,makes me Roll on the floor!!!!!!![​IMG][​IMG]
     

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