Hen won’t get out of the nesting box!

ivyboo

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I have a year old hen that went broody almost 2 months ago. Once in awhile she will come out to eat but the other hens all of a sudden are mean to her. They peck her when she comes near them and stand up to her. Why won’t she snap out of it? My hens are now laying on the floor in the coop because she is taking up one of the nesting boxes all the time.
 

DobieLover

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I have a year old hen that went broody almost 2 months ago. Once in awhile she will come out to eat but the other hens all of a sudden are mean to her. They peck her when she comes near them and stand up to her. Why won’t she snap out of it? My hens are now laying on the floor in the coop because she is taking up one of the nesting boxes all the time.
What have you done to break her broodiness?
 

ChickNanny13

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Get a wire crate, remove the tray & put 1 x 2 over the bottom wire = Broody Jail ... Put her with feed/water in it, no bedding, elevate off the ground on some blocks in the coop. Leave her in it for at least 3day. It keeps her part of the flock & should take care of her broodiness. She may need to be in longer.

You may want to check her over, broodies tend to loose weight. Check her for mites, with the summer heat we've had issues.
 

ivyboo

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What have you done to break her broodiness?
I did separate her for 2 days with a gate but she found a way out herself. I have had hens in the past go broody but they come out on their own. I assumed they all came out on their own after 21 days but apparently that’s not the case. Does this make the others want to be mean? I have never seen that happen before. It’s like they just turned on her. Especially one particular hen. They used to be friends.
 

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It's possible with her being broody for so long, she's lost weight and not 100%. The others sense it and are picking on her. I'm just guessing, check her weight and if you can feel her keel bone. If so, she's loosing weight and it weakens their immune system from what I've gathered.

I had a hen get broody but she didn't act serious, came off to eat and thought she'd break herself. Until I picked her up, she was so light & her keel bone was nasty. Broody Jail she went for 4 days before I allowed her out. After that, any broody went straight to Jail for at least 3 days.
 
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I have a year old hen that went broody almost 2 months ago. Once in awhile she will come out to eat but the other hens all of a sudden are mean to her. They peck her when she comes near them and stand up to her. Why won’t she snap out of it? My hens are now laying on the floor in the coop because she is taking up one of the nesting boxes all the time.
Sounds like a broody
 

ChickNanny13

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;) I was going to mention mites & lice ... My Grand Daughter's Silkie set on one egg, hatched and then found mites. Told my Daughter what needed to be done, took care of the problem but told them they needed to continue with the dusting cause of the weather & they're in FL.
 

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You did mention mites lol!
That's why I threw lice out there too, though my broody was o.k until I saw those butt feather bases, lice city.:sick
;) I was going to mention mites & lice ... My Grand Daughter's Silkie set on one egg, hatched and then found mites. Told my Daughter what needed to be done, took care of the problem but told them they needed to continue with the dusting cause of the weather & they're in FL.
 

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