Is my hen OK?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by James_in_Utah, May 6, 2008.

  1. James_in_Utah

    James_in_Utah Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    I've been away from the board here for about a year. I keep meaning to get back in the habit of reading it, but things have been going so well with my small flock that I haven't needed to look to the experts for advice. Now I'm starting to think one of my hens is having a problem. She has been staying in the nest box for about two weeks now. She laid a couple of eggs initially, but nothing for over a week. If I take her out at the end of the day she seems healthy. She runs around charging at the other hens and trying to wolf down as much food as is chickenly possible. After gorging herself for about 30 minutes, she wants to take a dust bath. After about an hour of being out with the other hens, she is ready to go back to her box. I think she would stay in there forever if I didn't pull her out. Is this just being broody? I'm worried that she isn't laying, and when the other hens lay in other boxes, she doesn't seem to be interested in thier eggs. She just wants to stay in the same box all of the time. She is a very sweet americana but she is acting very strange right now. Any hints would be welcomed.
    Thanks!
    James
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2008
  2. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    Sounds like a broody to me, but I am certainly not an expert.
     
  3. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    Congratulations on your hen going broody! Got any fertile eggs to give her to hatch?
     
  4. James_in_Utah

    James_in_Utah Out Of The Brooder

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    No rooster, so no luck there.
    Thanks,
    James
     

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