Pullet Grumpy While Laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Buff Hooligans, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    This is one of my girls who shows broody crankiness when she's laying. She puffs up and rachets out warning language when I put my hand near. She won't budge off the nest for a while after she's laid the egg.

    She's not officially broody, because she does leave the nestbox within an hour or two.

    But do some hens get temporary broodiness just from laying? My other girls don't mind at all if I clean the coop, etc. while they're in the nestbox.

  2. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    Id get pretty cranky pushing an egg out. Ask my husband how cranky I was when I was, well you know, with the kids! I laid there for 2 hours or so after too! [​IMG]

    Seriously though, shes a buff, so maybe she is just displaying some broody tendancies without actually being broody.
  3. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    Wow! That is a gorgeous picture - she's pretty even when she's crabby
    Love her color! [​IMG]
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Most of my hens, even the leghorns, like to mull over their creation and sit on it for an hour or two after the deposit.
  5. mom23chicklets

    mom23chicklets In the Brooder

    May 31, 2007
    My buff orp does the same thing. None of the other hens do, just her. She sits and fusses, and doesn't want me to disturb her.
  6. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    my buff orp does the same thing as well. but only one the other buff doesnt mind, but she already went broody.
  7. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    My Australorp is like that. i swear she sits in the nest box all morning. She has also gone broody three times and quit at 15 days each time. [​IMG]
  8. IHeartChickens

    IHeartChickens Songster

    Nov 13, 2007
    Pacific NW
    Wow! Her face just says it all. "Stay Away!!"

    I think I've given that look to DH before when I've been um ...shall we say hormonal? [​IMG]
  9. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Thanks for your responses. I guess it's not fair to keep calling her Miss Grumpy Pants anymore...
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I have one Buff Orp who practically lives in the nest in the morning. She's sweet and will actually raise up for me to feel under her, if she isn't broody, but she'll stay for two hours and even move to a nest with someone else's warm egg in it. We call her favorite nest "Sunny's Apt". My other Buff Orp, who has never been broody in her life, will scream and "ratchet" and whatever if you even look at her while she's on the nest.

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