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Is Etta Sick or Broody?

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

  1. WittyMC

    WittyMC Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2013
    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

    Jul 24, 2013
    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

    Apr 20, 2013
    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

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    Put an egg in front of her...if she tucks it under her she's broody. :)
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    If she is on the nest at night, she's broody.

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