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Hen Won't Get Off Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by battagliac, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. We have a white leghorn that is six months old. She has been laying eggs everyday for about three weeks. For the first time she is now sitting on her eggs for almost 24 hours. She screams when other hens(we do not have a rooster) approach the nest box or when we confront her.
    She has not been eating, drinking, and pooping, so we are wondering if we should remove her from the nest box.
    We have two side-by-side nest boxes, other 5 hens are laying outside in the yard.
    We are pretty new to chickens, so any advice would be helpful.
    Thank you.

  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Is she on the nest at night too?

    If so, she is broody, which means she wants to hatch babies. It's a hormonal change. You can get her some fertile eggs to hatch, get a few day old chicks to slip under her at night, or break her broodiness. If you choose to break her, you need to put her in a wire cage without any bedding, just food and water. It's best if you raise the cage up off the ground so air flow gets underneath her.
  3. Thank you for your reply. Yes, she was on the nest at night and most of the day before, so this morning we took her off the nest, took the two eggs, and closed the coop. She then began eating, drinking, and acting normal with the other hens. Thanks for the the options too, we will implement if she keeps it up.

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