Is Etta Sick or Broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WittyMC, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. WittyMC

    WittyMC Out Of The Brooder

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    My sweet Etta has been laying almost everyday for the past 2 months, and for the past 2 days she has been sitting in her nesting box, rarely venturing out. Ususally she would lay an egg and immediately exit the nest. She skipped a day of laying and now is just sitting.
    How can I tell if she is sick or acting a little broody??
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    What breed of chicken is she? Does she make "growling" noises when you reach beneath her and/or puff up her feathers? I think that it is unlikely that she is sick, as the behavior your are describing is typical of a broody chicken.
     
  3. WittyMC

    WittyMC Out Of The Brooder

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    She is a Cochin Bantam. Has never acted this way before, but I am also new to raising chickens. I wasn't sure if broodiness came on suddenly like this or not. I think she is going out for food and water so I will keep an eye on her. Thanks
     
  4. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Put an egg in front of her...if she tucks it under her she's broody. :)
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    If she is on the nest at night, she's broody.
     

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