Is my chicken egg-bound?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kneedles, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. Kneedles

    Kneedles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am currently very concerned about the condition of my only adult hen. It is currently noon where I am, but she has not left the place where she lays her eggs a single time today. When I try to check on her, she shrieks at me; more noisily than what is usual. She has never stayed in her laying place for this long before, except when she went broody, which I doubt is the case here (she only started laying eggs again a few weeks ago). Could she be egg-bound?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Sure sounds like broody behavior.
     
  3. Kneedles

    Kneedles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is probably what it is, then. I just removed her from her nesting place; she was acting normally when she was on the ground, with no sign of being limited in her movement.
    I am not sure why she would go back to being broody so quickly after she started laying eggs again (she was taking care of some surrogate chicks, but they are old enough to be independent of her now).
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Sounds like you've got a serial broody on your hands!

    If you don't want her to hatch more eggs, might be good to break her before she gets too settled in.
     
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