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hen will not leave nesting box

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sandhillchick, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. sandhillchick

    sandhillchick In the Brooder

    Apr 4, 2008
    North Carolina
    I have a hen that is less than a year old that has been sitting in the nesting box constantly for about 2-3 days. Of course, she may have moved but I have not seen it and I have been checking frequently. What is wrong? Could she be egg-bound? I have heard of that but don't really know anything. HELP!
  2. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    One of my new hens did that whe nI first got her, because the other hens where picking on her, and she was safe in there.

    You can try blocking off the nsting box and supervising the other hens to make sure they are picking on her.
  3. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing 9 Years

    Oct 16, 2008
    probably clucking..
  4. sandhillchick

    sandhillchick In the Brooder

    Apr 4, 2008
    North Carolina
    I hate to be a dumbo but what is clucking?
  5. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    Does she puff out and scream at you when you tocuh her in the nesting box? She sounds like she may be going broody
  6. Nemo

    Nemo Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    N'rn Wisconsin
    It might also be that the nest box is nice and warm compared to the rest of the coop. That's what's happening in our coop... A couple chooks sit in the next boxes all day, with or without eggs. When I evict them, they get all grumpy, and the straw is quite warm to the touch.
  7. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    I have 2 that have been sitting in the nest boxes for weeks now. They come out for treats & then back in they go. They mostly sit on nothing but growl at you when you put your hand in there. Or if the big girls have laid their daily eggs they will change boxes & sit on those before I get out to gather eggs. Goofy aren't they... [​IMG]

    Put your hand in there & if they growl & fluff, then they are broody. [​IMG]

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