My Buff Orp is growling at me

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by harleyjo, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went to collect eggs early this afternoon when we got home and I had a Buff Orp around 25 to 30 weeks old who is laying growl at me as she was sitting in a nest box. So I collected eggs in the other 2 boxes next to her and came back to the house. I just went back there and she is still in the same box and growled again as soon as I started to walk near the box. What is going on?


    ETA: She has been in the nest box for at least 2 hours and was in it before I came home too.
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You might have a broody!

    Congratulations! You can do a search on here for broody hen and get some info. I've never had one.

    She wants to set on her eggs.
     
  3. Cackling Hen

    Cackling Hen Just Scratching Around

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    Sounds like she is broody [​IMG]
     
  4. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Broody. Do you have a roo? If not you either have to break the brood or get her eggs to sit
     
  5. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Isn't she a bit young to sit on eggs? Also I have a concern about hatching out chicks in Iowa in Nov. I would think it would be a bit cold for a chick. What happens if I see her off the nest box if this is what is going on, to just take the eggs?
     
  6. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I have a rooster of some kind.

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  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    She is not too young if she's laying. They can go broody anytime after they begin laying. My first ever broody was a 26 week old Buff Orp who had been laying only a month.
     
  8. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
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    Mine are young too ,to be honest I thought instinct would tell them to wait till spring But not it seems contagious, I have 2 sitting and a 3rd on the way to broody I'm wondering how long after chicks hatch do they start laying again?
     
  9. prancie

    prancie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some of mine growl at me even when not broody. if she stays on the nest overnight for 2 or 3 nights then you have a broody. i had a 20-week old go broody and she turned out to be a great momma.
     
  10. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Both of my gals that went broody were young layers, too: Buff Orpington and Welsummer. The BO did it in the hottest time of the summer and the Welsummer has two-week old chicks she's shepherding around now.

    But I would wait to see if she stays in the nest overnight for two nights first, before considering her broody.

    I also am of the opinion one should let nature take its course and let her be a mommy. But I'm a softie that way.
     

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