Hen won't leave nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by j_morgan76, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. j_morgan76

    j_morgan76 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 hens all about 10 months old and no roosters. Recently I have one hen that is always in the same nesting box. It's like she never leaves. Is this normal? should I be worried?
     
  2. silkielover5

    silkielover5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    shes just broody its normal. she wants to hatch eggs
     
  3. j_morgan76

    j_morgan76 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks... I was getting concerned.
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  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    You've got a broody!

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    A layer:

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  5. hooliganfriend

    hooliganfriend New Egg

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    One of mine did that for a few days, she was sitting on her ( and her coop mates ) eggs. I scooped the eggs out from underneath her for several days and then she gave up or something and is tearing around as normal with the rest of the flock now. I am sure she will get over it
     
  6. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Broody yes. A blessing for some, a curse for others. [​IMG] I would personally love a broody!
     
  7. brownysfp

    brownysfp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seem to have been blessed with broodies this year, it's been hard to stop them! In the last month alone two of the girls have reared twenty chicks between them. One decided yesterday enough was enough and went off to the main coop leaving her eleven in the youngsters coop. The other has nine littlies with her in the new-borns coop.
     
  8. hemet dennis

    hemet dennis Chillin' With My Peeps

    You should get some fertile eggs to put under her

    Dennis
     
  9. Chicken_Pauper

    Chicken_Pauper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Cochin has been broody for a month now... the eggs are being thrown away due to worming right now, and so, she sits on an empty nest. Makes me feel bad for her. [​IMG]
     
  10. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of mine is trying to get broody, but we don't have a rooster either so there's no point in letting her. Besides, it's getting hot here and it can't be good for her sitting in a small enclosed space for so long without water. After an hour (or after all three have laid for the day) I lift her out of the nest and shuffle her off towards the waterer, then close the door to the coop so she can't go back in.
     

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