girls not coming out of the coop for days/weeks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bayside chick, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. bayside chick

    bayside chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry if this is a dumb question , or one I should already know...

    We have 3NH Reds , 2 White Silkie Bantams , and one small Porcelian (sp?) Bantam , the last one being the youngest. They are all laying , or atleast had been before the days got shorter. Now they lay on occasion.

    My question is, the 2 Silkies stayed in their coop for a long time several weeks ago , one came out and was acting normal 2 weeks before the other , but they are both back to normal now. Now the smallest one is doing what those girls were doing...she stays in her box in the coop all day , kind of all fluffed-up. If I take her out , she will eat,drink then go back in her box...

    I know this is something I should know , so what is it! The larger NH Reds have never had this behavior before , just the bantams.

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  2. chicknjane

    chicknjane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You stated "she stays in her box in the coop all day , kind of all fluffed-up. If I take her out , she will eat,drink then go back in her box..."

    It sounds like the behavior I've heard described for a broody hen. I'm sure someone with more experience will chime in soon. For the record, I'm guessing broody.

    Marcy
     
  3. hennypennysmom

    hennypennysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    yup - that's exactly what we are dealing with right now with one of our hens. we have put her in a dog run in the garage to help convince her that no amount of broodiness will hatch the non-fertile-we-got-no-rooster eggs she thinks she's sitting on!
    kara
     
  4. bayside chick

    bayside chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys...the funny thing is , she`s not even sitting on any eggs!
     

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