One of our hens behaving strange

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chick_master, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. chick_master

    chick_master New Egg

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    Hello,

    We are raising four hens and two female ducks for about one year now (ducks came later, about two months ago) and since this morning one of the hens start behaving strange. When walking around her feathers are puffed but most of the day she’s laying down in the nest giving 6 eggs today (does not let any one else use the nest). Last (and most unusual for her), she have no apitite.

    If additional info needed please ask, this is my first time here and I have no idea what to look for so any guidance would be appreciated.

    Should we get worried or this is normal?
     
  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess is she's broody! Some others with more experience may have some advice on that for you.
     
  3. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

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    she sounds broody, when you touch her does he fan her tail, and growl??

    if so she's broody [​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Yep sounds broody. [​IMG]
     
  5. chick_master

    chick_master New Egg

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    Quote:That’s exactly what she does. Thanks all, no worries then.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:That’s exactly what she does. Thanks all, no worries then.

    If you don't have a roo and you don't want to buy fertilized eggs for her to hatch, you may want to do a search here on BYC about breaking her of her broodiness. It's hard on a hen's body as they don't eat, drink or exercise as much when they are broody. Use the search feature, key words 'breaking broody'.
    Also, once a broody has layed her clutch she will stop laying eggs until she comes out of broody mode. Best to break her of it.
     
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  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Sounds like she's going broody. One suggestion to brake her is to either put wire in the bottom of the nest box as they don't particularly like to lay on wire or remove her to another location for a few days. I have a rabbit hutch I converted to a brooder/jail. When I had a couple of bad girls I put them in jail for a few days. There are pictures on my BYC Page.
     
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  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    And btw, take the eggs away if they are not fertilized, or if you don't want her to hatch them.
     
  9. montcapu

    montcapu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    agree with everyone her... definetly broody
     

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