IMPORTANT QUESTION, PLEASE HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lgmc10, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. lgmc10

    lgmc10 Out Of The Brooder

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    My hen Meli (a Silver Laced Wyandotte) started ''squatting'' about 5 days ago, but we are moving tomorrow, so we haven't had time to get her a nesting box. The last few days, she has taken to hiding herself in our patio planting box behind a very beautiful, leafy plant. She has shaped the potting soil into a hole and is sitting there all day eating the plant, so that now, only half of it is bushy and beautiful, and the other half is stripped bare. This is a problem because my mom wants that plant in great condition for the new owners of this house. She had me fill a box with sawdust and dirt, and stick Meli in it, because she did not want her plant to be stripped of its leaves/branches any more. Meli hated it, so she hopped out of the box, and went straight back over to her old spot. I can't have this. WHAT DO I DO?




    O MY GOSH ! SHE JUST LAYED HER FIRST EGG![​IMG][​IMG]well..... could you still answer the question????
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    She has picked that as HER nest site. Either fence it off or pen her up - she will not voluntarily give up her chosen site.
     
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  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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  4. aggiemae

    aggiemae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yep, you need to shut her into the run until she lays or you could just let her do what she wants and then trim up the plant.
     

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