sick hen or Broody???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dandmflock, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. dandmflock

    dandmflock Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 11, 2011
    I have a buff orpington who has been sittin in a box an gets really aggresive when you try to move her, just have hens no rooster, tryed to get her out of box to clean it an she wouldnt stand just kinda rolled as I gently moved her she got in the next box. How long do they broody or is she sick? Woke up this morning to find one of our young americanas dead [​IMG] not sure what happened. Now Im concerned that she may be sick??? Still pretty new to chickens Thanks for any help!
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Does she puff up and scream at you? Peck your hand? On the nest at night? Look flat like a pancake? If yes, she's broody.

    Sorry you lost one of your babies, it may be totally unrelated though.
  3. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    Sounds broody. They can be broody even with no rooster. May try to break her if you don't plan on adding some fertilized eggs.

    Sorry about your other one.
  4. Blue

    Blue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2010
    Definitely broody. One of my broody OEGB hens would scream at me everytime I opened the coop door, or when I picked her up, when I closed the door, when I put feed in the coop for get the picture. She didn't take to growling and biting me until her chick hatched, which was also when she started trying to flog my legs. Her chick is 7 weeks old now, and she's given up her mommy duties and gone back to her normal calm self.

    I also lost a year old silkie roo a few weeks ago to unexplained circumstances (I'm thinking heart attack). Sometimes things like that just happen. If they're not showing any external signs of illness, I'd go with broody over sick.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2011

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