My hen will not leave her nesting box.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Buckleychickusa, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Buckleychickusa

    Buckleychickusa New Egg

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    My hen is eight months old and used to be my most active bird of the three that I have. For the last few days, she has been spending all of her waking and sleeping hours in her nesting box. We are worried about her. She is not even going on the roosting bar at night. Any ideas?
     
  2. iluvpeeps

    iluvpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you checked under her to see if she's sitting on eggs? One of my hens have done that before and it turns out that she was hatching some eggs.
     
  3. koakritters

    koakritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ^second that... DO you happen to have a rooster? If so, it might be time to start preparing for some new chicks. :) definitely check to see if there's some eggs under her- just watch out that she doesn't bite! some get very protective of eggs.
     
  4. Blondiechic

    Blondiechic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have done that before even though I have taken the eggs out, I would put her outside for food and water and back in she would go! Eventually I locked her out of the house for a bit and she went back to normal...
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Sounds like she's broody. Has she flattened herself out like a chicken pancake? Does she growl and peck at you if you go to mess with her?Those are signs of broodiness. You'll need to decide if you want her to hatch out chicks, if you have a rooster.
     
  6. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    That hen is broody.

    You have 2 options here.

    1. let her hatch out some fertile eggs.
    2. Take her out of the nest box and keep her in a large dog crate or similar cage, with food and water, and a wire grid floor. In just under a week you can let her out and she should have stopped being broody.

    (in the cage don't put any bedding in - otherwise she will make a nest in there and stay broody - but its a good idea to provide a branch for a roost at night).
     

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