Hen stays in nesting box but is not laying egg

Lydia77

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Sep 9, 2013
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I have a hen who is 10 months old. She was laying eggs regularly but now she stays in the nesting box all the time. She is eating and comes out at least once a day to scratch around for food but then goes right back to the box. However, there is NO egg. This has been going on for a few weeks now and I'm getting concerned that something is wrong. When I go near her she puts out that teradactle scream and raises her back feathers..... she does the same thing when other hens or the rooster comes near her. She's also creating another problem it seems where the hens pick on her when she comes out, sort of like she has seperated herself from her flock. Any ideas?
 

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She is broody. When they go broody, they don't necessarily need an egg to go through the motions.

You could get her some fertile eggs to sit on, or you could attempt to break her broodiness, or try to wait it out.

One way to break her broodiness is to put her in a cage, like a rabbit cage, that is propped up so that there is air flow from underneath. This helps to cool off her underside, which heats up to hatch her (imaginary in this case) eggs.

There are others on here with other solutions.

Good luck!
 

Tuhmu

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She is broody. When they go broody, they don't necessarily need an egg to go through the motions.

You could get her some fertile eggs to sit on, or you could attempt to break her broodiness, or try to wait it out.

One way to break her broodiness is to put her in a cage, like a rabbit cage, that is propped up so that there is air flow from underneath. This helps to cool off her underside, which heats up to hatch her (imaginary in this case) eggs.

There are others on here with other solutions.

Good luck!
 

donrae

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She is broody. When they go broody, they don't necessarily need an egg to go through the motions.

You could get her some fertile eggs to sit on, or you could attempt to break her broodiness, or try to wait it out.

One way to break her broodiness is to put her in a cage, like a rabbit cage, that is propped up so that there is air flow from underneath. This helps to cool off her underside, which heats up to hatch her (imaginary in this case) eggs.

There are others on here with other solutions.

Good luck!
This exactly.
 

Lydia77

In the Brooder
6 Years
Sep 9, 2013
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On a mountain in West Virginia
Thank you so much for your input ...... that is pretty much what I thought was going on. I'll put some thought to it and figure out how I want to handle it. Thanks again!
 
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