hen sitting too long?

eggfooyung

Chirping
11 Years
Mar 2, 2009
18
0
80
i have 4 hens, no rooster, 2 nesting boxes in coop, girls free-range. the golden-laced wyandotte has been sitting in her nest for 2 days, she puffs up and growls at me when i come near. the other hens have laid only 1 egg in 2 days but are acting normally. is she sick? does she think she's going to hatch eggs? and why might the others not be laying? empathy?
 

marymac

Songster
11 Years
Jul 12, 2008
814
8
151
Northeast Ohio
sounds like she's gone broody. She wants to be a mama. Since you have no rooster her eggs aren't fertile, but she doesn't care, she wants to be a mom
 

eggfooyung

Chirping
11 Years
Mar 2, 2009
18
0
80
how long will she sit there? will she eventually figure it out? will she be horribly disappointed?
 

marymac

Songster
11 Years
Jul 12, 2008
814
8
151
Northeast Ohio
I have 2 silkys that sat for about a week and half or so, then gradually gave up. They claim if you put them in a wire bottom cage with nothing in the bottom it breaks them of it, but I have never done that. Mine basically just quit on their own. If you want more chicks, now would be a good time to find some fertile eggs and slip them under her , as she would hatch them for you. On the other hand you could keep taking away any eggs she lays and just try to break her that way.
 
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