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She's hiding out at night - does she need to go to chicken jail?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nuchickontheblock, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. My 3 chickens are free-range in our fully fenced in back yard.; and always come into the coop and put themselves to bed around 5:30. One would stay out a bit later than the others, but always in by 7:00 p.m. Last night she disappear in the late afternoon and out all night. She came back in the morning and we kept all the chickens in the enclosed coop/pen until I was able to watch them this afternoon. Sure enough, she hung out with the other girls until I went in the house to get them fresh water, and now she is gone again. No amount of calling or shaking the scratch can will get her to come out of hiding. she started laying eggs a couple of weeks ago, but only laid about 1 each week. Last night when we looked for her, we found an egg in an impossibly small space between some rocks. We blocked it up and saw her try to go in there this afternoon, but she couldn't fit.
    So -- does she need to go to chicken jail for a couple of days???? All afternoon she didn't act like she wanted to go hide and sit on any eggs in a hidden nest -- ate a snack with her friends, took a leisurely dust bath and laid in the sun for a while. [​IMG]

  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    It won't hurt her to spend a little time in chicken jail. It seems to break the cycle for them.
  3. Andi

    Andi Songster

    When my girls did that I simply removed the eggs and allowed her in there. After she saw there were no eggs she didn't have the interest of trying to stay with the clutch. I then kept the girls penned up until everyone had laid for the day (easy to tell when with just 4 girls). Now, I don't have a rooster and am not sure if that would make the broodiness any stringer or not.

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