Hen Wont Go Back Inside for the Night!


8 Years
Jul 16, 2011
Hi everyone

My chickens sleep inside an insulated kennel and have been doing so for nearly a year. My hen goes into the plants to lay her eggs, in a little well hidden spot. It's 6:36 PM here and completely dark and she's sitting there, presumably keeping her eggs warm, and it doesn't seem like she's going to go to the kennel. The problem is it's winter here and the temperature is going to drop to about -6 degrees centigrade with wind factor, and I'm worried for her safety. I tapped her gently on the head and she just cackled angrily...should I move her into the kennel?

Advice needed!

If she is broody I would definetely bring her in and keep her and her eggs comfortable. I don't think it would be good for her to be out in such temperatures.
She's definitely broody...she's a year old on Sunday and this is the first time I've seen her like this so I got a bit spooked. I brought her in but I don't want her eggs incubated, so sadly she is separated from them.

South Africa.

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