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Orpington Behaviour please help

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tingle, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. tingle

    tingle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    I have a large black orpington hen I bought last Autumn at auction so dont know her exact age but she looks to be a year old or so,She laid last year and stopped when the cold weather came in.I have noticed she has started to act strange,she sits on her own and when I let her out she makes for the compost heap and scratches about then makes herself comfy,when I approach she doesnt move unlike before when she would scuttle away,When I pick her up to put her back in the run she starfts to (it almost looks like she is walking on the spot with high steps then she sits down in a submissive pose) Is this normal and what does it mean,I havnt seen it before,
  2. mirsy09

    mirsy09 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 3, 2011
    White Rock, BC
    [​IMG] I think she is getting broody. My buff orpington went broody. I took her out of the coop and put her in a wire dog crate for a couple of days. that cured her
  3. simpsoncj

    simpsoncj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2009
    Does she ruffle her feathers when you try to move her? It sounds like she is acting broody.
  4. tingle

    tingle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    She ruffles her feathers a little but she seems to squat submissively,she hasnht laid any eggs since end of last season,Am I wrong to think she has to lay a clutch of eggs before she goes broody?
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  6. kateseidel

    kateseidel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 9, 2010
    My buff orpingtons don't need to lay a clutch before they go broody at all. They do, however, like to gather any eggs they see another hen leave, but they are happy to sit on an empty nest or their own daily egg too. Doesn't bother me when they are broody - they are the sweetest hens ever. I just make sure they get enough to eat, and move them off the nest occasionally, and let them work it out. usually takes about 3 weeks.

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