Nesting 24/7 for a week/

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by KatieChick63, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. KatieChick63

    KatieChick63 New Egg

    Jul 27, 2015
    I have a 6 month old buff orpington that has been sitting in the nesting box continuously for more than a week. She did lay 1 egg after a couple of days, but nothing since then. Why is she doing this? I have taken her out, and within 20 minutes she is right back. Is she sick? She was the runt of my 9 chicks. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    It sounds as if your girl is broody. Form what you have described it sounds just like it. Here is an article on broody hens ~
    I hope it helps you, I'm sure it will. If you don't want her to hatch chicks you could brake her from being broody. If you type breaking a broody into the search many threads come up in this.

    Good luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  4. BelValleyDaisy

    BelValleyDaisy Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 10, 2015
    i had this with my bantam Biddy. She is broody. You need to take her out of the nesting box and keep her out. depending on how many you have you could shut the nesting box not allowing her to go up there, yes she will go a bit crazy and be emotional, wanting hugs, it works and she will go back to her usual self. as it is reaching winter anyway she should start to feel the cold and break her brood anyway soon but the sooner you break her brood the easier it will be to do so.
    Hope i helped[​IMG]
  5. steven29128

    steven29128 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    South Carolina USA
    I have a Silky that does that. She has hatched several eggs for me.
    Welcome to Back Yard Chickens !
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I would agree with @Yorkshire Coop. Sounds to me like your hen is broody. Buff Orpingtons are known to go broody. If you don't want chicks or if the eggs have no way to be fertilized (in other words, you have no rooster) then I would suggest breaking her out of her broody spell. (Here is an article on how to do so Otherwise, if you are sure she is serious about being broody, you can let her hatch her eggs and raise chicks.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If you have chased her out of the nest - the egg may have gotten too cold to progress properly. Whatever you decide to do with her please be certain she is eating & drinking. Some broodies will refuse to leave the nest to do so and can starve themselves.
  8. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    Hey, MP, will you come and have a chat with my BO? <sigh> 20 months old and Kat has never gone broody. Easter Egger Agatha has been broody twice - the first time she was 8 months old and the second time she was 15 months old. <sigh>

    Welcome to BYC, KatieChick63! If you have access to hatching eggs, you might give her a shot at raising a family but it is pretty close to winter now. If it was my girl I think I'd break her this time and let her try closer to spring if you want chicks. I did find out the hard way that an inexperienced broody combined with a new chicken keeper doesn't always make for the best outcome. Now, that's just a generality, not a hard and fast rule. Regardless, we're glad to have you here!
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Lol funny that you should say that Blooie. NONE of my three buff orps have ever gone broody either. I'm just going by what all the books say.[​IMG]
  10. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!

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