Do older hens still sit in the nest even though no egg happens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rcentner, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    Le Roy, NY
    I have a hen that I believe to be older, seen her in the nesting box, but no egg. She hasn't laid an egg for a while (I think) but I will see her in the box. So do they still go throught the motions, even though nothing is produced? She is not sick, been dewormed a little less than 2 months ago, eats and looks great. I rescued these chickens and have no idea how old any of them are and don't mind freeloaders.
  2. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    Yep It could be routine. Maybe it is comfortable, who knows. I have an orpington that is so old she has a bald head, She still goes in the box even though she only lays one a week or so. as long as she is healthy let her do it.

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