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Chicken won't leave nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pepperkorn, May 18, 2009.

  1. pepperkorn

    pepperkorn New Egg

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    One of our year old chickens will not leave her nest. She even sleeps in there, which is odd. They are all free range and we have no roosters. She has not laid an egg in a week. I am very concerned about her. HELP! What could it be?
     
  2. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    Shes probably broody. Does she try to peck you when you reach for her?
     
  3. pepperkorn

    pepperkorn New Egg

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    No she doesn't peck at me and we have no rooster so I thought brooding was not an issue.
     
  4. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You've got a broody! They don't even care if there's no eggs under there. She'll sit on golf balls. if you want chicks, you need to get some fertile eggs under her. She could sit there forever if she doesn't have the satisfaction of hatching, unless you break her of broodiness. This often requires putting the hen in a wire bottom cage with no bedding, etc.
     
  5. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some broodies don't peck. I have a really calm hen that never pecks when she is broody, which has been many times.
     

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