Help please! Will not leave the messing box

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Scuba Steve, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. Scuba Steve

    Scuba Steve New Egg

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    I have a chicken who will not leave the nesting box. She is not dirty with poop. She is also losing weight. I have no idea what to do. Thank you for any advise
     
  2. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she lying very flat like a pancake?
    Does she growl and peck you when you try and take eggs from her?
    Are her poops very large, long and smelly?
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    It sounds like she is broody. Assuming so, I'd suggest typing "breaking broodiness" in the search box - there is a wealth of info there. I'd say a common method is using a broody buster which is simply a small wire crate (or something with lots of holes) - have the crate suspended above the ground to increase air flow, put chicken and food and water in there and leave her there for 2-3 days.

    All the best
    CT
     
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  4. Scuba Steve

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    There is no poop or egg to collect
     
  5. Scuba Steve

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    Update! I pulled her out of the nesting box and put her on the ground. She took off to eat and drink. Only activity I've seen from her
     
  6. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a photo of her when she is sat in the nesting box? Like CTKen said, she is probably broody.
     
  7. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Is her belly bare of feathers? She sounds broody to me as well.
     
  8. Scuba Steve

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    She's not missing any feathers. Sorry no pictures
     

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