Did I make my injured hen go broody???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BeardedChick, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    My buff orp pullet that was injured appears to be recovering. Wounds are healing up nicely.

    But she's just not wanting to do anything. I moved her to a crate in the coop yesterday, and she's sitting tight in the straw, just like a broody hen would. Granted her leg is still sore... In the house she spent a lot more time standing.

    So could keeping her in a dark, warm spot in the house have kicked her into a broody cycle?

    [​IMG] Is there some way to tell?
  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Hmmmmm, maybe.

    You mentioned she's a pullet, has she been laying, yet? Buff orps are supposed to be one of those breeds that get broody.

    Put a few golf balls or easter eggs in the cage with her (not under her) and see what she does. If she gathers them up and tucks them under herself - I'd say she's broody. If she ignores them - I'd say she's nursing her injuries.

    Hope that helps.
  3. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks - I'll put a few eggs out there and see what she does.

    Today when I brought her in to clean the wounds she kept laying down and puffing up her feathers at me and giving me evil looks.

    She is *totally* not interested in companionship from the other chickens, so I let the two that I had in with her go back into the main flock. She's also not very interested in eating or drinking. Also, she has not laid any eggs (she was injured Monday).

    VERY confusing for her mom (me)!
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2008
  4. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    Hey Bearded thanks for the update sure hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

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