Old hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rtj18175, May 28, 2017.

  1. rtj18175

    rtj18175 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a hen which we found 2 1/2 years ago, and thought she might be 1-2, but can't say since we never had chickens until her. She is a Bantam Brahma. She has been normal and a good layer. Two days ago we noticed she wanted to stay in the coop, in a nest. She lays an egg, but won't come out to free range. She makes a quivering noise. I keep water and food for her in the coop, but not sure she is eating or drinking. Could she be an old girl?
     
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  3. centrarchid

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    Description consistent with hen being broody.
     
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    We keep the yard chemical free, and they are getting 20% protein in their layer feed. Fresh water for all 7 everyday, and a very clean coop. She is the top of the pecking order. She makes a faint and weak noise. I took her out of the nest and noticed she was a little shaky for a few seconds on her feet. She retrieved herself back to the nest
     
  5. rtj18175

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    If she is being broody, how do you stop it?
     
  6. rtj18175

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    Okay, we took the fake eggs out of the 3 nests we have. I read about broody just now, and you are probably correct. Thank you!
     

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