Hen sits in the nest but no eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tantricdragon13, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. tantricdragon13

    tantricdragon13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock started maturing around July/August, and I have some very dedicated layers. It seems like a couple are still not laying yet, but since I've seen posts where someone has a 9 mo old hen who still isn't laying yet, I'm not too worried (they are 7 mo old now).

    But the behaviour that I'm stumped by is this: I have one hen (Bertha) who will sit in the nests for hours, even forgoing foraging time (They aren't free range so the time that they get to forage in the yard is very important to the flock). But anytime I check the nest for an egg from here - nothing, nada, zip! [​IMG]She's been doing this for nearly 3 months now. When she first started, I thought that eggs from her would be on their way, but nothing so far.

    She's also not displaying any broody behaviour. She just sits there. Has anyone else ever had a hen do this?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Does she stay in there at night too?

    If so, sounds broody to me. 3 months is a long time and she should probably be broken.
     
  3. tantricdragon13

    tantricdragon13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As I said previously, she isn't acting broody. She doesn't sleep in the nest and she doesn't sit in it 24/7. She'll just go in every day and sit from 30 min up to 2 hours.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    You said hours. I couldn't discern if you meant 3 hours or 23 hours.

    Perhaps she's stressed by the other birds.
     

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