Screaming chicken in nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rosemary10, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. rosemary10

    rosemary10 Chirping

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    Hey there everyone!
    So I have this buff Orpington who used to be my friendliest girl. And she still is, don't get me wrong, but lately when she's in the nesting box she hates it when I'm around and whenever I move the curtain she freaks out, gets all puffy, and then makes a horrible screaming sound!!! At first it kinda scared me but she wasn't egg bound because she passed the egg just fine. Then she did it again the next day. I thought she might be going broody but it's been a week and the only time she's in the box is when she lays her egg. Anyone have any input?
     
  2. JaeG

    JaeG Crossing the Road

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    Some don't like to be disturbed when laying. I have a couple of girls who will tell me off for peeking! One will kick up an awful stink if anyone disturbs her! :lol:
     
  3. FlyingNunFarm

    FlyingNunFarm Crossing the Road

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    She's a screamer. LOL I have a girl that does that for other hens but not me. A girl that does it for me and other hens too. And a girl that does that only for me and viciously tries to peck me!
    Some hens just want their privacy. It can definatly be a sign of broodiness but not always.
     
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  4. rosemary10

    rosemary10 Chirping

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    I still have yet to get a broody hen! I was kinda hoping she was gonna go broody...
     
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  5. mill-j

    mill-j Songster

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    This is completely normal for hens to act mean while in the nest. And yet they seldom go broody in today's world due to some people(hatcherys) think this is undesirable behaviour and selectively breed to avoid it. I of course try to breed vice-versa :)
     
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  6. Foster's Freehold

    Foster's Freehold Songster

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    I'm with you on that one. One thing I am going to try to bring back to my flock genetics.
     
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  7. Peeps61

    Peeps61 Songster

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    My Orphingtons don't like to be bothered when laying. I also have one that is broody. I have several different breeds that will screech if I come around when they are laying. It sounds like she wants her privacy to me.
     
  8. CajunFeatherz

    CajunFeatherz Chirping

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    Getting fussed at for getting too close when they're on the nest box is totally normal. I have all super sweet birds but some even peck me or make a bizarre guttural growl when I come near the nest while they're laying. Announcing they're laying an egg is also totally common here! They take their eggs really seriously...until they abandon it seconds later to go eat bugs :frow
     
  9. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Crowing

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    Nut did that to me today. Usually one of my skittier hens, she screech and puffed as I bent down to check the nesting box and even stayed put as I stroked the back of her neck. I don't think she's gone broody, even though she's a Marans, as she left the nest later.
     
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  10. HattieScratchy

    HattieScratchy Chirping

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    I have a screaming silkie lol. She just doesn't like to be disturbed while laying. Totally normal.
     
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