EE won't leave nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by glock3540, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. glock3540

    glock3540 Hatching

    May 20, 2008
    SW PA
    I've searched some and think I know the answer but I want to make sure. I have 6 EE hens and rooster. The hens are approximately 14 months old. One of my hens has not left the nesting box the past 3 days. She does not seem sick. Yesterday, I let them out of the coop to free range before dark and she still would not leave. I picked her up and put her outside. She joined the others and scrathed around the yard until dark, went back in with the others, and went back to the box. I'm assuming she is broody but am concerned she is eggbound. I am leaving for a week starting Saturday so I want to make sure everything is alright before I leave. Any ideas? She is not sitting on any eggs.
  2. lux_interior

    lux_interior Songster

    Apr 28, 2009
    sounds broody.. you may have to get her eggs to sit on unless you want to break her from it.
  3. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    Sounds broody to me. They'll sit with or without eggs. Do you feel an egg in her? Does she "growl" at you or peck at you? They'll do that at times when broody.
  4. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Songster

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    sounds like you got a broody!

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