Hen won't get out of nesting box.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by egglestonkj, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. egglestonkj

    egglestonkj New Egg

    Nov 12, 2016
    My hen has been staying in the nesting box for most of the day. We have no roosters so we do not think that she is broody. Does anybody have any advice about what she could be doing. We really appreciate responses. Thanks!
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    They go broody without a rooster. Since the eggs won't hatch, it would be best if you break her of her broodiness since brooding is hard on hens, and there's no point to it without fertile eggs :)
  3. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Southern Utah
    She sounds broody, if she keeps sitting on it and even on eggs, she'll try and hatch chicks. You can give her fertile hatching eggs if you'd like.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    Is she staying on the nest most of the day and all night?
    If so, she is likely broody......if not, she may just be hiding from a bully bird.

    You'll need to decide if you want her to hatch out some chicks, and how you will 'manage' it.
    Do you have, or can you get, some fertile eggs?
    Do you have the space needed? She may need to be separated by wire from the rest of the flock.
    Do you have a plan on what to do with the inevitable males? Rehome, butcher, keep in separate 'bachelor pad'?
    If you decide to let her hatch out some fertile eggs, this is a great thread for reference and to ask questions.
    It a long one but just start reading the first few pages, then browse thru some more at random.

    If you don't want her to hatch out chicks, best to break her broodiness promptly.
    My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.

    I let her out a couple times a day(you don't have to) and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.
    Water nipple bottle added after pic was taken.
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    or fresh chicks under her. Give her a couple of weeks, and slip day old chicks under her in the dark! Nothing as fun as a hen with chicks.

    Mrs k

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