Possible broody chicken disappeared - need advice

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by trailrider330, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Songster

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    We got our first chickens just over one year ago and now have 16 of various breeds and ages. They all free-range during the day. One of our wonderful hens, who's about 15 months old, went missing about 1.5 weeks ago.

    We thought she was a goner, but then this morning she shows up like nothing ever happened. My kids were elated, and so was I to tell you the truth. She looks good. She came into the coop, never really joined the others, ate, and now has disappeared again. Who knows how long she will be gone this time.

    We are now suspecting that maybe she gone broody and has a clutch somewhere. However, as our roosters are only about 14-15 weeks old, her eggs are likely infertile. I am worried that she will sit on these eggs forever, especially since we can not find her or her clutch. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions? The only thing I can think of is to sit and pray that she returns in the next week or so and try to watch her all day to see where she disappears to. Or are we better off hoping she returns and then lock her in the coop for a few days? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2013
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, trailrider330, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! If it was my hen I would keep her cooped up. If you do let her out, however, she might lead you to her nest. Good luck to you!!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] x2 what Redsoxs says
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Broody hens can indeed sit on eggs for much longer than it would take to hatch them if they were fertile. I would also recommend penning her up for a few days to discourage her from brooding.
  6. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    Definitely catch her and lock her up! If you can find her nest and transfer the eggs, maybe that will work. We left a hen out who went broody, figuring she would be okay. She was fine for about two weeks, and then a coyote found her.

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