Sitting Hen Help please

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickanana, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. chickanana

    chickanana Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2008
    [​IMG] I have a Hen that is just sitting in a nesting box she has been there for 3 days, Don't know if she has been up at all but there are no eggs under her as far as I can tell when we try to move her she pecks at us. suggestions please. What should I ck for if something might be wrong with her [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    She's probably just broody. When they decide to do it, they do it with or without the eggs. I would get some eggs and stuff them under her! My Silkie decided to go broody today, so I stuffed 7 eggs under her!
  3. nhnanna

    nhnanna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    The chicken coop
    Sounds like she has gone broody. Good luck
  4. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gotta love the broodys !!!!!! Why they pick this time of year is beyond me !!!!!
  5. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    Can they go broody before they ever lay?
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    She is broody - put her in jail. 2 days in jail cured my turken! She gave me the most pathetic look when I would go in to visit her. She got over it quick though. The problem was she was on the ONE nest they ALL lay in and no one laid while she was in there. We took her out and put her in jail and got 5 eggs in 2 hours.
  7. chickanana

    chickanana Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2008
    Thanks for all the answers she is still in the nest so I decided to give her 5 eggs to sit on do you think I could add some fresh eggs under her today? I am fairly new at this chicken farming and I started with my chicks in May, as little day olds. [​IMG] I am sorry but I lurk more than I ask questions. Every one laughs at me when I say on they say! I have actually raised my chickens by reading this board and a chicken book which has become the chicken bible to me. Thanks again for every ones help

  8. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    The eggs she's going to hatch need to all be placed at the same time, or they won't hatch together. You want them all to hatch in about a 24 hr period, otherwise you'll have mom getting off the nest with the new babies while others haven't hatched yet, or worse, are halfway hatched, then they get left to die.

    Mark the eggs you give her, so you can check under her daily and remove any new eggs that other hens may have laid. They will often crowd in and do that, or get in the nest while the broody is taking her daily break to eat, drink and poo.

    I use a black Sharpy permanent marker, and draw a circle all the way around the egg so I can see the mark no matter which way it's turned.

    If you have more than one hen broody at any time, start the eggs on different days, and write the date on the eggs as well, so you can tell them apart. Hens do sometimes move the eggs around. Weird, but true.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2008

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