Hen Nesting ALL DAY?!?!?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wish I Had A Farm, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Wish I Had A Farm

    Wish I Had A Farm New Egg

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    One of my hens is nesting ALL DAY. I don't think she's sick, she just wants to be in the nest all day. She has no other weird symptoms. I've forced her out of the coop and she runs around like normal then she heads back to the coop. I am REALLY worried, but should I be? Is this normal? By the way, I don't have a rooster. Also, is it neglectful and cruel to not have any grass for my hens? When it started growing back this Spring, they ate it all down and now I have none. What can I pacify them with? They just seem sooo bored and want in to other parts of my yard that where they can't go. They have the WHOLE backyard to themselves! I just feel sorry for them cause whenever I go back there they come running. I think they just want a rooster, which I can't have. Any input on any of this would be so helpful!!
    Thanks!
     
  2. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Setting. hens when setting will sit on the nest for about 2-3 days. then get off for a few minutes (maybe a hour) THEN. go back to the nest to set. Soo.. she'll probably have a biddies 21 days after she started doing this.. Grats.
     
  3. jinglesassy

    jinglesassy Out Of The Brooder

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    this happend to one of my hens once, a fluffy one but there were no eggs lol. if there are eggs under her, and about 11 she will be trying to hatch them, but they never will becuse they need to be fertilized by a rooster first. but if there are none, its the same as mine, just wants to sit in the nest, she will stop in 19-30 days
     
  4. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    your hen was probably setting as well. i;ve had 4 hens try to set and hatch a empty nest.. but i just take them off and separate her from the nests for a few days. and then she'll "give up" and be normal. then a week or so. go back to laying.
     
  5. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    You could isolate her for a few days until she quits or you could find someone with fertile eggs and put under her so you could have some fluffy chicks.
     
  6. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not without a roo!!!..lol
     
  7. chickenranchwife

    chickenranchwife Chillin' With My Peeps

    She sounds broody to me, even if you don't have a roo they come by it natrually. Get some fertile eggs and let her hatch them out.
     
  8. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Not without a roo!!!..lol

    AH. i had to read up to see what you were talking about.. never read or misread it. but now i see he/she has no roo.. hehe... man i kinda feel like a idiot [​IMG]
     
  9. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's just broody. Buy some eggs from someone and hatch something. I have guinea eggs under a broody game hen here that was setting an empty nest. A broody hen is valuable. You can use her to hatch duck eggs, or turkeys, or any eggs...its cheaper to buy eggs than to buy baby birds.
     

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