Hen in the coop all day

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cuteychickens15, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. cuteychickens15

    cuteychickens15 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I have a hen that just sits in the coop all day and doesn't come out unless you pick her up and put her outside, she then starts clucking like mad, she also does when you pick her up out of the nestbox. Also when you look at her, she puffs up all her feathers, starts clicking and puts her head down and rises her tail up. When I put her near the food she eats it quite agressively ( she bangs her head down into the pellets more than the others do) also, she doesn't eat or drink unless you make her and we bought her some yogurt, she loves it but we can't feed it her forever. When I held her, I noticed her eyes were starting to close and then open again, she blinks more frequently too. She has been like this for about the last month and I don't want her to die. She feels as if she lost some feathers underneath her especially around her crop area. I thought it was moulting at first but these symptoms must mean something else. What is wrong with her, please help.
     
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    cuteychickens15 Out Of The Brooder

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    cuteychickens15 Out Of The Brooder

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    anyone?
     
  4. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like you have a broody chicken. My Welsummer is doing this also. This is the first time one of my chickens are doing this also, so really can't help much.
     
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  5. Donna R Raybon

    Donna R Raybon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, my broody's are pretty active about getting a drink, pooping eating, and picking some grass when I get her off nest. Less than fifteen minutes they are done and back on nest. I don't get them off nest after day 20 as chicks are pipping.

    She might be broody. I try to either break them up or get eggs under them or day old chicks under them in ten days or less. If you let them go on and on, yeah they can starve themselves to death.
     
  6. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She definitely sounds broody to me..... I currently have 5 broody and I can assure you, from my experience, those are all classic signs.

    If you are not going to let her hatch eggs then it is best to break her of it by putting her in a wire bottomed cage with no bedding, chocked up off the ground so that there is air flow underneath her to cool her down. Obviously you need to give her food and water whilst in the cage and a low perch so that she is not standing on the wire all the time and keep her in there for 2-3 days and nights and then let her out and see if she resumes normal behaviour. If she is still broody, put her back in the cage for another couple of days. If she has already been like this for a month then I would not give her eggs to hatch on this occasion as another 3 weeks of brooding will take a lot out of her. It is likely that she will go broody again and perhaps then you might like to let her raise some chicks from fertile eggs, but you have to be prepared to get 50% or more cockerels from the chicks that hatch and have a plan of what to do with them.

    Good luck with her.

    Barbara
     
  7. chikdukturkmom

    chikdukturkmom Out Of The Brooder

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    My broody only came out once a day to do her business and drink some water, rarely she would eat, but somedays she wouldnt leave the nest at all. When she did, there was more eggs under her. She was laying on 15 eggs by the end and only 3 didnt hatch.

    This was day 3 of brooding and she had only left the nest once at that point.

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  8. Donna R Raybon

    Donna R Raybon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Other hens will get in the nest and lay if broody isn't penned separately from flock. You were lucky to only loose three. A lot of times with that many eggs some are not covered as well by hen and chill. Then when eggs get kicked around by hen another set gets chilled. I have never had a broody lay an egg after she quits roosting and sits tight on the nest. To me there isn't a prettier sight than momma broody teaching her peeps how to forage.

    My current Buff Orpington broody, Broodhilda, hatched off five Memorial day. That sweet, gentle, hen will eat you alive if you even dare look at her peeps. She is a young hen and hopefully will hatch off many more times.
     
  9. chikdukturkmom

    chikdukturkmom Out Of The Brooder

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    That is such a cute name! I have only had 1 other hen get broody, this one i figured wouldnt do it anymore as shes is the oldest in my flock... boy, was i wrong. But she hatched off enough that i can keep a few since i lost a few this year, so i got pretty lucky with that. I just cant wait to buy a horse property so i can keep them all, hopefully by next year...
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I'd isolate her in a wire crate for a day and night, check her input and output(poops).

    Could very well be broody .....is she staying on the nest all night too?
    Does she run right back to the nest after you take her out?

    You'll need to decide if you want her to hatch out some chicks, and how you will 'manage' it.
    Do you have, or can you get, some fertile eggs?
    Do you have the space needed? She may need to be separated by wire from the rest of the flock.
    Do you have a plan on what to do with the inevitable males? Rehome, butcher, keep in separate 'bachelor pad'?
    If you decide to let her hatch out some fertile eggs, this is a great thread for reference and to ask questions.
    It a long one but just start reading the first few pages, then browse thru some more at random.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/496101/broody-hen-thread

    If you don't want her to hatch out chicks, best to break her broodiness promptly.
    My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.

    I let her out a couple times a day(you don't have to) and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.
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