Diagnosis help needed. Not egg-bound. Broody?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 406Jen, May 29, 2016.

  1. 406Jen

    406Jen In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2015
    14 month old Buff Orpington, hiding out in the laying box for two days now (yesterday and today). Today I lifted her off, placed her outside run and she drank water and ate, wandered around a bit like normal, and settled down in one of their favorite dust bath locations. Once the door to the run was opened again a couple of hours later, she went up directly and back in the laying box.

    I'm pulling eggs out, but she hasn't laid in two days (very odd for her, but I know it's not out of the ordinary). No recent trauma, cold snap, weird anything out of the ordinary. Two other ladies have no change in behavior.

    I just checked to see if she's bound, and couldn't feel anything solid at all. Inserted finger up to 2nd knuckle. She is snacking on cracked corn I gave her, and drinking water, but angry. She's all puffed up. Poop is normal and solid.

    Just broody? Or is there some other ailment this sounds like of which I'm unaware?

    If so, I have to figure out how to make that stop, pronto. Blocking off that box? I have two (as I only have 3 girls).

  2. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 1, 2015
    Sounds like a broody! The method I hear of the most success with is putting said hen in a wire bottomed cage that allows air flow under her. After a few days, when she is pacing and trying to get out, she should be all done. Good luck!
  3. 406Jen

    406Jen In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2015
    thank you!!
  4. amynrichie

    amynrichie Songster

    Jan 29, 2013
    Nebraska Panhandle
    I usually have to break my broody by locking her out of the coop in a separate pen during the day, and putting her on the roost each night to keep her out of the nest box. If I catch her early it only takes a day or two. If I'm not paying attention and let her set too long, it takes longer to break her.

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