Hen stays all day in the nest box.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cowboygordy, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. cowboygordy

    cowboygordy New Egg

    Jul 30, 2007
    I have one hen that just sits in one of the egg laying boxes all the time. She seem healthy, but is not laying eggs. Just seems to really love that box.
    The other 5 hens are all normal, laying and enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.
    What is wrong with this one?
    Thanks -
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    If she only comes out once or twice a day to eat, drink, and poop, then she is probably broody and hoping to hatch some eggs. Does she have any fertile eggs under her?

  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Yup, I agree...sounds like she is going broody. How old is she?? Do you have any fertile eggs you can slip under her?
  4. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2007
    One of my production Reds went broody last year. I only had three hens and no roosters, so I needed every egg I could get. I put her in a little cage in the middle of the run by herself everyday for about a week so she couldn't get to the nest box and she eventually got over it.

    Someone told me last night that a baby aspirin will help with broodiness because it lowers body temp. Anyone ever heard that?

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