Need some brooding education please.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by masanders, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. masanders

    masanders Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 20, 2016
    I have six ISA Browns who were laying six eggs a day for a while. Now we get about four or five per day. Most days there will be one of the girls sitting on the eggs or just sitting in the nesting box while the others are in the run. I'll pet her and she will chirp, then get up and leave. Sometimes I have to persuade her to move. She is eating and drinking just fine and doesn't seem to be in any distress. I've felt her abdomen and don't feel any stuck eggs or anything weird.

    What's going on? Please teach me something my fine feathered friends!
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Peeps are a-peeping Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Some hens like to linger in the nestboxes, others go in sooner than they need to. If something was wrong with your hens she would be lethargic and fluffed up and not eating. So if she is acting fine she is.
  3. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL
    Normal. Shes just hanging out.
  4. BarbiD

    BarbiD Out Of The Brooder

    May 23, 2016
    Hayes, Virginia
    It could be pre-broody. My cochin did just that for about a week before she became broody. She would go in early to lay, linger in the box. Since she was last in the pecking order, I just thought she was getting the other hens back by camping out in their favorite next LOL. But eventually the amount of time she spent in the coop/nesting box increased over the days and she eventually didn't leave :)
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Some take longer to lay....some like to lounge around in nests before or after laying.
    When they stay in nests all day and all night...and start growling and screeching and biting...then you have a broody.

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