Egg Bound or Broody?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by corliss, May 20, 2012.

  1. corliss

    corliss In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2010
    I have a two year old Australorp who began sitting on the nest box yesterday and stayed on for several hours. I wondered if she was egg bound although she really didn't show any other symptoms and gave her a warm bath. She ate heartily after this and produced a large poop but immediately after being put out in the coop with the others, she climbed back in the nest box even though it was after dark.

    This morning she was still in the nest box so I took her out and gave her another, longer warm bath. She seemed content to go back outside and pecked and scratched for a while in the yard before preening for about half an hour.

    Tonight she is back in the nest box and I'm wondering what is going on. I have fake eggs in there and they are all tucked underneath her but I don't think she has laid for a day or two. Her tail is up, she is eating and seems alert, not listless so I am at a loss to figure out what is going on. Anyone have any ideas?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    She's most likely broody.
  3. MollyAngel

    MollyAngel In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2012
    She's probably broody. When my BO goes broody, I have her walk around outside and I give her lots of love. There is really no other way to stop them that I know of. Do her feathers bristle when you go near her? Yolanda, (the BO) makes all her feathers stand on end. I suppose that a fluffier chicken is slightly scarier that a flat chicken![​IMG]
    This is Yolanda and Six in the box. Yolanda is a large puffball in this picture.
  4. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    She is like the others said broody.
  5. K-12 Chickens

    K-12 Chickens Songster

    Oct 6, 2010
    Usually when hens are egg bound, they constantly stand up and push in an attempt to pass the egg(which is what they do normally too, except they pass the egg in less than a minute). If your hen is constantly returning to the nest box and doesn't appear to haven't have any problems involving an egg, she is most likely broody.

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