Egg bound or broody on perch???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thepouts, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. thepouts

    thepouts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my silkies started laying a couple of weeks ago. She was going really well and laying 6/7 days of the week. They have a perch about 10cms off the ground and she has always insisted on laying from the perch.

    About 3 days ago she stopped laying and has been sitting on the same spot on the perch. I was worried that she was egg bound but then I thought that maybe she has gone broody on the perch???

    I've seen her hop off a couple times to eat but she then goes straight back. I tried sitting her in anest box but she went straight back to the perch.

    Any thoughts??
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Never heard of a hen going broody on a perch, but if that is, in her mind, her nest site? Perhaps. Doe she fluff up and screech like a broody when you approach her on the perch?
     
  3. thepouts

    thepouts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first broody (if she is) so I don't know what's 'normal'. I went and checked on her tonight and when I touched her she fluffed up every time and did make a funny noise...so that may be what you've described?? I had noticed she seemed 'cranky' the last couple of days as she was naking a very different noise.

    The roost is actually a thick log so she's actually sitting on it
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Sounds as if she has a misguided sense of nest site selection and is indeed broody.
     
  5. AvianEgo

    AvianEgo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say she is broody
     
  6. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like it. My silkie gets quite cranky and they all sort of make this noise if we disturb them. We call it growling at us lol

    Do you have a rooster? If not you might need to read up on breaking a broodie :)
     
  7. thepouts

    thepouts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I'm really hoping she's just broody.

    I do have a rooster but only 2 of my silkie pullets are laying so not an abundance of eggs. I was just putting them in the fridge as I wasn't expecting her to go broody so soon. She's only laid around 10 eggs lol.

    I think I'll try and break her :(
     

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