My hen is brooding ghost eggs....I think! New Pics!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by michelle43, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. michelle43

    michelle43 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 9 month old 'frazzle' who is currently a house chicken after sustaining some injuries from a friend's flock. After rescuing her and bringing her in the house, (she had almost no feathers due to being a frazzle and was a target for my hens; not to mention it was -20 degrees outside) she started healing nicely and laying eggs every day.

    About 2 weeks ago, she started to act strangely. She would just sit in her cage, which is kept open for her to 'free-range' in a large bathroom and she looked almost catatonic. Then at about 11am everyday, she comes running out of the bathroom like someone is chasing her and goes into the kitchen and poops a ginormously huge poop. After that she walks around and pecks the floor for about 20 minutes before putting herself away for the rest of the day.

    She has stopped laying eggs entirely. She's on the same food as my laying hens and gets fresh greens daily. The only thing I can think of is that she's gone broody, with no eggs. Anyone else have any ideas??? [​IMG]
     
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  2. michelle43

    michelle43 Out Of The Brooder

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    Anybody ever have a chicken do that before???
     
  3. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definite broody. My silkie is displaying the exact same behavior. Get that girl some fertile eggs! [​IMG]
     
  4. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    she went broody cause you brought her into a warm house, the poor girl thinks its spring, can you give her some fertile eggs
     
  5. michelle43

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    Yes....fertile eggs I have a plenty. The only issue is that she is soooo tiny and the only fertile eggs I have are LF. Will that matter? [​IMG]
     
  6. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not a bit will it matter: she can probably only handle 2 or 3 though..but that would be plenty! Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  7. michelle43

    michelle43 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Answered my own question....she can only handle 2 LF eggs. I tried to give her 3, but she can't keep them covered. So, 2 it is...it's comical, but she seems happy!
     
  8. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We expect pics when her little, or big [​IMG] , ones hatch!
     
  9. michelle43

    michelle43 Out Of The Brooder

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    BigDaddy'sGurl :

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    We expect pics when her little, or big [​IMG] , ones hatch!

    You got it...in fact, I was just thinking to post a picture of her now. Be prepared...I think she's the ugliest chicken on the face of the earth. It's not her fault...she's a hatchery 'frazzle'....if the frizzle gene wasn't enough, she had to go and get two copies of it. [​IMG]

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  10. michelle43

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    She was so intense when I took this picture, she even growled at me....very funny!
     

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