Help !!! Not sure if hen has gone nuts. :(

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by renewistrombaker, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. renewistrombaker

    renewistrombaker Chirping

    Jun 30, 2009
    Los Gatos (bay Area)
    One of my 4 RRR hens, Tarragon, has gone off the deep end. She no longer hangs with the flock but instead sits in the nest box 24/7. Whether there is an egg or not. Ive started taking her out in the eve as she doesnt even sleep with the flock on the perch anymore. I put her down, she drinks a bunch of water, pecks at some crumbles then walks around clucking softly then goes straight back the the nest.
    Is this normal? It seems very very odd that she's never with the flock anymore. Not grazing around the lawn or digging around for bugs or dust bathing.

    What do I do? [​IMG]

    Im really worried,

    Thanks for your help

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Sounds like she's gone broody. Wants to hatch something.

    Last edited: Jul 5, 2010
  3. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Quote:yep.....sounds broody ......... a/k/a nuts [​IMG]
  4. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    She wants some babies!
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    She hasn't gone nuts, she's gone broody.
  6. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

  7. MBar Chickens

    MBar Chickens In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2010
    shes gone broody
  8. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    If you want some chicks, get some fertile eggs under her. If not, get her into a bare cage or pen, preferably with wire base so it's somewhat uncomfortable for her, provide some food and water, but NO bedding or nest materials. She may or may not quit acting so 'nutty' in about a week.

    The reason to break her broody behaviour is that it's very hard on them to be broody, with or without eggs, but an especial waste if she's not going to hatch any. They set on a nest, only get up to eat and drink very minimally once or possibly twice a day which causes them to lose weight and be vulnerable to disease and general weakness etc.
  9. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Why would anyone ask if their chicken "has gone nuts"? Chickens are all nuts; they can't go someplace that they already are.

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