*I am a first time chicken owner*
Chicken Age: 8 months
Chicken Breed: Buff Orpington
Chicken Name: Hilgard
Chicken Typical Personality: Sassy AF
I'm trying to determine if my chicken's behavior is sign of an illness (specifically an impacted crop) or if she is just getting broody for the first time.
Here's the timeline:
3/19 Yesterday morning: Hilgard was sitting in one of our nesting boxes. When I went to gather any eggs under her, she pecked at my hand (Sign of broodiness, I know, but in general she's a pretty feisty lady.)
Yesterday evening: when I was checking for any late layers, she was still in the box, but this time I noticed her crop was full and quite firm. However I checked a few of the other girls in our flock who were running around and their's felt the same. I tried to offer her some water in the box and she just fluffed up her feathers and looked at me like I was an idiot.
Last night: I peeked in the coop after dark, and she was sleeping in the nesting box. (Not a typical behavior for her.)
This morning: when I checked on her, she was still in the nesting box, and her crop was still full. As mentioned above, she pecked at my hand when I went to retrieve any eggs under her (there were none.)
Now, I haven't noticed any plucked feathers from her breast which I read that hens typically do when they are brooding, and I haven't noticed any giant broody poos that I've also read about. So I'm worried this might be an "I'm sick" behavior, rather than a "I'm trying to hatch an egg" behavior. Thoughts?