hybrid hen suddenly taken to spending ages in egg box but not laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by esther5, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. esther5

    esther5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi
    i have read all about egg bound just in case and given her a warm soak and lubricated her vent just in case.

    she is a hybrid ranger so shouldn't get broody. she is over a year old ( was a free ranger for a supermarket supplier). up until recently she was laying an egg most days.
    as i said in the title she is spending ages in the egg box. sometimes she is in there last thing at night and there again in the morning. she has been like this forabout 5 days now and i thought she might be egg bound but she shows no signs of distress and is eating, drinking and pooing OK. when she gets out of the box she is behaving normally, walking fine and she did roost when i had her in overnight.

    still not laid an egg. it is coming up for autumn here.....
    do i need to worry?

    her only other symptom i don't think is related. she has always sneezed and has at times a clear nasal discharge.
    any thoughts appreciated as i am new to all this.
    sarah
     
  2. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

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    sounds broody to me
     
  3. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say broody too. Just because by her breed history she 'shouldn't' go broody doesn't she can't or won't. Maybe someone forgot to tell her! lol.
     
  4. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone needs to tell my Isa Brown that they're not supposed to lay on eggs. I caught her in the nest box today keeping the morning's eggs warm.
     
  5. esther5

    esther5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK thanks
    i hope that's all. i will evict her from her nestbox at regular intervals and see what happens...
     
  6. uncle rico

    uncle rico Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all my hens spend way too much time in the boxes [​IMG]
     
  7. clubby

    clubby Out Of The Brooder

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    My xbattery has gone broody and as she should have been slaughtered in may i thought it would be nice to let her hatch some eggs ,so 17 days left .
     
  8. esther5

    esther5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had no idea they could go broody. i hope that's what it is. we have eggs in an incubator with13 days to go so i hope at least some of the 18 eggs hatch....
    x sarah
     
  9. esther5

    esther5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] well she can't be egg bound since she is still alive...... i evict her often but she is still broody!

    x sarah
     
  10. esther5

    esther5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    today she was not brooding on the floor...then she laid an egg.....
    here endeth the broody session.

    she was happy to sit on ice three times a day..i had begun to give up hope.

    alls well that ends well.
    x millie
     

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