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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Randonn, Jan 30, 2017.

  1. Randonn

    Randonn New Egg

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    Hi, ive made this thread cause one of my chickens has been really aggressive as of late. Maybe its just because we're taking her eggs? But could you please tell me some examples of what could make her so aggressive. Thankyou.
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    It sounds like she could be broody. Does she remain in a nest? does she fluff her feathers out when you approach her? If so, then I'd say she is broody. In the absence of fertile eggs or a desire to hatch chicks, on your part, you may wish to consider breaking her broodiness. Search "broody buster" for details on how to go about this.
     
  3. Randonn

    Randonn New Egg

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    Yep. Thats it. Thankyou!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You'll need to decide if you want her to hatch out some chicks, and how you will 'manage' it.
    Do you have, or can you get, some fertile eggs?
    Do you have the space needed? She may need to be separated by wire from the rest of the flock.
    Do you have a plan on what to do with the inevitable males? Rehome, butcher, keep in separate 'bachelor pad'?
    If you decide to let her hatch out some fertile eggs, this is a great thread for reference and to ask questions.
    It a long one but just start reading the first few pages, then browse thru some more at random.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/496101/broody-hen-thread

    If you don't want her to hatch out chicks, best to break her broodiness promptly.
    My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.

    I let her out a couple times a day(you don't have to) and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.
    Water nipple bottle added after pic was taken.
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