Help needed: Broodiness affecting other hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by two early, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. two early

    two early Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2011
    My 6 hens have been laying pretty much everyday and then yesterday only 2 eggs and today only 1 (laid on the poop board). Plus one orp has been sitting in one of the nesting boxes since I let them out this morning. She will eat from my hand but will try to peck me if i attempt to move her. She doesn't seem to be in distress. Could she be going broody and would that affect the other hens so they would not want to lay? It's a conundrum? Has anyone seen anything similar? What to do if anything? any advice would be appreciated....
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    If the orp stays in the nest box overnight for a night or two, I'd assume she is broody. Usually the others will keep laying when one is broody, but some do say that broodiness seems to be catching. It's true that usually if I have one broody, I have at least two. If it's hot where you are, that will slow down laying, too.

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