One of our Orphs is acting funny...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JO & RH, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. JO & RH

    JO & RH Out Of The Brooder

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    We have three Buff Orphingtons which just began laying
    about three weeks ago. They were producing one egg
    per day per bird.

    The smaller of the three was the last to begin laying,
    and just in the past 2-3 days she is acting funny.

    She sits in the nesting box most of the day while the other two are out scratching and eating and she has not
    laid an egg in three days now. If I take her out
    of the box, she walks around all fluffed up like a male grouse
    in mating season ( I mean reallllly fluffed up!) for a few minutes, then goes back to the
    nesting box.

    Is this somewhat normal behavior or not ? Neither of the
    other two are showing any of the same behavior.

    Thanks.... JOS & RHS
     
  2. cherrychicken

    cherrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think you have a broody

    jenny
     
  3. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's broody [​IMG] Wants to hatch some babies.
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    You have yourself a broody hen...Buff Orps are known for their broodiness...sometimes when young BO pullets just start to lay they will hit the broody stage...
     
  5. JO & RH

    JO & RH Out Of The Brooder

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    Does that mean she will continue to lay but
    will want to keep sitting on them, or will
    she just not lay ?
     
  6. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    She will stop laying while she is attempting to hatch eggs.
     

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