Help! Weird egg laying behavior. Broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mackenzie450, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. mackenzie450

    mackenzie450 Out Of The Brooder

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    My cuckoo maran has been laying consistently (in the poop box) for about a month now. A few days ago I noticed she sat on her egg for 3.5 hours. Finally I picked her up and took her egg and set her outside the coop. Every day since she has been returning to the spot and sitting for hours without laying. She's not sitting on any egg because she hasn't laid again and I don't have a rooster. Every time I see her I pick her up and set her outside the coop. I have heard of broody hens but don't fully understand/have never dealt with one. What should I do?
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    She does sound broody. Assuming she is staying on the nest overnight, then you could buy some fertile eggs for her to hatch or break her broodiness. Type "broody buster" in the search box for instructions on how to break broodiness, if that's what you wish to do. Some members seem to prefer letting nature runs its course and do not break broodiness.

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    mackenzie450 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I found a possible solution that I will try.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You're most welcome
     

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