Chicken protective over nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chick Magnet040, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. Chick Magnet040

    Chick Magnet040 New Egg

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    Only one of my 3 chickens lay eggs and she just stopped and I figured it was because of winter but she is now protective over the nest. She is always sitting on it and we can't get her to move when we are movin them to their pen out front. Anyone know why she is protective over the box?
     
  2. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    She has gone broody.
     
  3. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  5. Chick Magnet040

    Chick Magnet040 New Egg

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    Thankyou I have family looking to get some more chickens so we'll get her some eggs and when they grow up send them to family.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    The key to identifying a broody is whether she is on the nest at night. If she's been on the nest more than 2 consecutive nights, she's broody. They will frequently pluck their bellies as well, the bare patch helps regulate humidity for hatching. (though not all broodies pluck their bellies)
     

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