Hens aren't laying. One broody hen.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AROcrowley, May 18, 2016.

  1. AROcrowley

    AROcrowley Out Of The Brooder

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    So, I had one out of my 5 hens acting like she was a mom. We do not have a rooster so I am saying she was broody. She would scream at me when I took the evgs and sat on ALL 4 eggs as though she was hatching. 2 weeks into it after kicking her off the eggs she seemed to "stop". Now all of the hens aren't laying!! Any reason? Ideas?
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    A hen can go broody whether a cock is around or not.

    Did she stay on nest at night too?
    Did you remove eggs everyday?
    Was she on the 'favorite' nest?
    Were the other birds laying during that 2 weeks?
    Do you free range?
     
  3. AROcrowley

    AROcrowley Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes to all above questions. They all only use one of the 4 a ailable nesting boxes.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    If you free range they may be laying out in their range area...especially if the broody was hogging the favorite nest.
    Coop them all up for a few days, put fake eggs/golf balls in all the nests.
     
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  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    when I get a sudden drop in egg production, my girls have created a hidden nest. Go down and sit quietly and wait for the egg song, and they will lead you to the hidden nest. Sometimes it is hidden in almost plain sight. Worth a shot!
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I have found hidden nests by waiting to let them out until a little later in the day. The hens that aren't laying in the coop make a beeline for their hidden nests. I swear they cross their little chicken legs to hold those eggs in until I let them out.
     

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