Plymouth Rock hen won't get out of laying box!!!???


5 Years
Apr 24, 2014
Hello all,
I have a plymouth rock hen that absolutely does not want to leave the laying box. it started doing it last fall. I would find it in there when i went back to check on the hens at night. I would shoe it out and it eventually would get on the perch. Then it stopped. Now it is doing it again! Started about a week ago, mainly at night. I have noticed that every time the hen was in the box, there were eggs in there also. However, it spent most of the day today just laying in the laying box. I shoed it away an found two eggs this morning. But I have checked frequently throughout the day, and every time, it's just sitting in there, no eggs. I'm so confused. Never had this issue with my birds, ever!. Any help is greatly, greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!!!


5 Years
Sep 11, 2014
Sounds like you have a broody on your hands. You shooing her out last fall may have been enough to break her. I find this true of a lot of my first time broodies as well. You'll need to decide whether to break her or let her hatch chicks.

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