Hen sitting backwards in nesting box??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kandbjacks, May 3, 2009.

  1. kandbjacks

    kandbjacks Hatching

    Jul 28, 2008
    Our 1 year old Buff Orpington has been sitting in one of the nest boxes backwards for two days. She is not sitting on any eggs and when I reach in to pet her, she is aggressive, which is very out of character for her. She has never acted this way and I'm not sure what she is doing or how to help her?! Looking for suggestions!

  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    She could be going broody. Or she could be hiding from the others if they are pecking her. Most likely, broody, if she is not normally an aggressive bird. A hen doesn't need to be sitting on eggs to be broody. It is a hormonal change in the hen. Hormones will change any female from a darling to a devil. [​IMG]

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    Last edited: May 3, 2009
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Going broody... now if she starts walking and clucking backwards, then you know you are in trouble.[​IMG]
  4. hoosiergal

    hoosiergal In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2008
    sounds like broody to me. if you want to hatch eggs now is the time.
    Last edited: May 3, 2009
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